So…I’ve lasted a year, now what?

A year has come and gone. 365 days. 27 episodes. What to do now?

I keep going, of course. No reason to stop. I wish that I had more listeners, but as long as a few are listening, I will continue.

I wish that this show paid for itself, through ads or Patreon/Ko-fi donations. But it doesn’t. It does however have fringe benefits.

Press passes for one, I suppose someone could argue that the free admission I get more than makes up for the money I put into the podcast, and they are probably right.

Another benefit is getting to talk to people. There are interviews with people of all stripes, Famous and Unfamous.

So what now? Now we evolve. I have decided to split the podcast in two. The Star Trek and Star Wars news will be joined by any Sci-fi or Fantasy news I find into Multiverse Tonight Sci-Fi Edition. The DC, Marvel and other comics related news stories will be put together into Multiverse Tonight Comics Edition. These will still be put out every other week with the Sci-Fi edition on Tuesdays and The Comics Edition out on Thursday.

By the way, if you’d like to lend me a hand, I’d like to give you something. If you donate to my Patreon or Ko-fi, you can win a box of loot from me. Just click on the link at the top labeled “Donate”

So, get ready everyone, Year Two has begun!

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Episode Twenty-Seven: One Year Later

Welcome to Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley and this episode marks our first anniversary. I’d like to thank all of you that have listened to me for the past year. If you’d like to help just go to patreon or ko-fi.com and search for Multiverse Tonight. Also, I will be doing a giveaway to celebrate Year One just donate on Patreon or Ko-fi and I’ll enter you for a random drawing to win a box of loot.

I’d also like to announce that I’m going to be trying out a change of format for the month of July. The show will be split into two shows. Multiverse Tonight Comic Edition and Multiverse Tonight SciFi edition. One part will be released on Tuesday and one on Thursday. If you like it or if you don’t like it, please let me know.

Star Wars

Bryce Dallas Howard speaking with Collider at the premiere for the Elton John biopic RocketMan about getting to direct an episode of Disney Plus’ The Mandalorian. She said quote “The God’s honest truth is that I had incredible support from [executive producer and director] Dave Filoni and [creator] Jon Favreau,” “And the process — the prep process, and the shooting, and post, and all of that — it was so incredibly collaborative and fun and grounded, and so it was just so cool.”

But don’t ask her to give any details about it, like the Marvel movies, it’s under tight wraps, Bryce told them quote “I literally don’t even think I can tease anything about the episode,” “I don’t even think I can say which episode I did [laughs]. Yeah, no, I’m totally on lockdown.”

She can talk about the technical side though saying that Jon Favreau’s pushing of emerging technologies was quote really extraordinary unquote

She was especially excited to use a Volume, which is described as a large space surrounded by blue screens and tracking cameras that capture performances. Bryce told Collider quote

“There was specifically something that we shot in called The Volume, and basically you step into it, and the naked eye, you can’t tell that you are surrounded by, basically, LED screens. And you feel like [you’re] wherever the story is taking place,”

“It’s almost like — this is the wrong term to use, especially for this project, but it’s almost like a Holodeck.” unquote

It’ll be interesting to see the end results.

A year ago was our first show and also the first big box office disappointment for Lucasfilm, Solo A Star Wars story. It didn’t do well enough at the box office to earn a sequel. However, some fans have taken to Twitter to ask for a Solo 2 to happen using the Twitter hashtag MakeSolo2Happen Solo co-writer Jonathan Kasdan responded to the effort with quote Beyond grateful & galvanized by the #MakeSolo2Happen energy on Twitter today. Means so much to everyone involved & ur enthusiasm makes it possible for us to keep advocating for it! ‘Cause, the Maker knows, there’s a WAR story set in a Galaxy Far Far Away that’s yet to be told… Unquote

So would you like to see some sort of sequel to Solo? Maybe they could produce one that goes directly to Disney Plus.

Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge is open and Rian Johnson, director of the last Jedi and his own star wars trilogy got a preview tour of the park and he posted on twitter quote I think this is the only pic I’m allowed to post but oh my god. Congrats to all the Imagineers and artists who made this real, it’s freakin unbelievable. (And yup there is green milk and yup it is delicious) #GalaxysEdge. Unquote He posted that with his wrist band that said he was allowed to be there from 11 am to 3 pm. Now as to why he said green milk instead of blue makes me think he might see color differently. The milk is blue and is actually plant-based dairy that is lactose intolerant friendly and soft frozen like a milkshake. Well if you get to go, please drop us a line and tell us how it was.

And if you want a look at what’s in the park, the official Disney Parks Blog has images of the new guide maps that will help you navigate the area. The map identifies locations on the 14-acre park including the Millenium Flacon and Resturants like Ronto Roasters, however, it does note that the Star Wars Rise of the Resistance attraction won’t be open until later this year, probably with the second phase of the park.

According to Buzzfeed news dot com, a movie based on the game of the same name Star Wars Knights of The Old Republic is being written by  Laeta Kalogridis for Lucasfilm according to three sources close to the project.

The game is set 4 thousand years before A New Hope. Back at Star Wars Celebration in April, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy told MTV News that quote “Yes, we are developing something to look at,” “Right now, I have no idea where things might fall.” Kalogridis would be the first woman to write a Star Wars movie 1980. Buzzfeed News reached out to representatives for Kalogridis, Lucasfilm, and Disney, but as expected no comment was given.

A few episodes ago we memorialized original Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew. During a recent appearance on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Peter’s co-star Harrison Ford spoke about Mayhew saying quote “He was a really sweet man,” “Nice man. And he had a hard time, physically. It was really hard for him to do what he did for us, what he did for all of us, and he did it with a real dignity and class. He was a really neat guy. I miss him.” unquote We all miss him too.

Star Trek

Now we have to start Star Trek news with the trailer for Star Trek Picard. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3om4V_-Y0Q

So, I wonder what that mission was?  Why did he accept the rank of Admiral? Did he get  Irumodic Syndrome? Did he marry Beverly?

I guess we will know soon enough. The series has now wrapped up the first two episodes. We get this from director Hanelle Culpepper’s twitter. She posted quote ‘I’ve wrapped and Jonathan Frakes is filming his block now.’ Can’t wait to see a trailer with a hint of the story, but we probably won’t get that till Star Trek Las Vegas at the end of July.

Put this in the Oops file, The USS Yeager, a chapter of Starfleet International, the Star Trek fan organization that I will admit right here and now that I’m a member of accidentally painted a tank the wrong color.

The Yeager, which is based in West Virginia was doing a public service project in Bluefield, West Virginia’s Lotito park According to Vice Admiral Jerry Conner, the Commanding Officer of the chapter. The club had been cleaning and painting the World War II era M-41 Bulldog tank for about 20 years. They decided that it was in need of a new paint job and took a sample of the color to a local Bluefield merchant and purchased a couple of gallons that were supposed to match. I’ll let Conner’s letter to the Bluefield Daily Telegraph explain from here. Quote “We were worried when we opened the containers and found something nowhere near our sample. ‘Surely it will dry the right color,’ we thought and proceeded with the prep and painting. Imagine our chagrin when it dried, not green-brown olive, but instead, bright mustard yellow!” Unquote Mister Conner than said in the letter that the club was going to obtain a new batch of paint and have made arrangements with the city to get the tank back in the proper color. The paper went on to note that the city doesn’t actually own the tank, it’s owned by the national guard. City Manager Dane Rideout told the paper that quote “The National Guard has reached out to us and we are working with them to acquire historically-accurate paint and the paint scheme,” “We want to be as historically accurate as we can be.” Here’s hoping they find that shade.

I know that I normally stay out of talking about American political news in this show, but it’s not often Star Trek and politics clash. George Takei, best known for being Mister Sulu on Star Trek, living legend and outspoken advocate tweeted on May 23rd the following quote  I’m tempted to move to Kentucky just to run against Mitch McConnell. Unquote

Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky has not lost an election since 1984. So some could say it’s time for a change. And if you’re asking how Mr. Takei could run when he lives in California, it’s simple, according to the US Constitution, a candidate only needs to live in the state to represent the state. It’s the same reason, Mitt Romney, former governor of Massachusetts could run for and win the Senate seat in Utah. So, George could move to Kentucky and run for the seat. And to give George some “cross-platform” support Mark Hamill tweeted back quote I’m tempted to move to Kentucky just so I could vote for you.#DitchMitch Unquote. It’s unknown if Mitch has responded to the idea. But I doubt he has internet in his crypt.

Marvel

Now that Disney has the rights to the x-men, could they go back and retcon Scarlett Witch’s origins in the movies?

A Marvel fan has pointed out on Reddit that they might have set it up In the Marvel Studios Character Encyclopedia entry on Scarlet Witch, it mentions that the Mind Stone may have unlocked something. Quote “She may be called Scarlet Witch, but Wanda’s powers aren’t derived from the occult,” “Whether it altered her or merely unlocked something later inside Wanda, the Infinity Stone in Loki’s scepter bestowed incredible powers of the mind. Wanda’s internal neuro-electric interface allows her to conjure blasts of red telekinetic energy. She can also use this energy to create barriers, levitate, and move objects; to communicate and read thoughts by telepathy and even to manipulate the minds of others.” Unquote So did the mind stone turn on her mutant abilities? I guess we’ll have to wait for a definitive answer.

Could Deadpool be integrated into the MCU soon? The site MCU Cosmic says that a reliable source says that Kevin Feige is looking at three options to being Wade Wilson to the MCU. Either A new solo film Deadpool 3, a limited series on Disney Plus or an appearance in the third Spider-man movie. All interesting options. My guess would lean toward a third Deadpool movie as that would allow Deadpool to be edgy AND Disney would get all the profits.

Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One was an unexpected cameo in Avengers Endgame. In a recent interview with IndiWire Tilda revealed that she had to come back to reshoot a scene because they changed the rules of time travel between the principal photography and reshoots. Quote “It was a surprise to me, too!” “And it was a pleasure. But what was a real surprise was, we shot it one summer day, and then over a year later, I went back to reshoot it because a couple of lines had been changed, a couple of plot points had been changed. And there was a tweaking of my costume.” Unquote. While she didn’t elaborate on what exactly the changes were, it’s believed that it was about the need to return the stones to their former places in the timeline or risk dooming the people in those alternate timelines. In other words, a stone in time saves more than nine.

Chris Hemsworth is a busy god. This year he’s been Thor is Avengers Endgame and in a few weeks, he’ll be an Agent in with the Men in Black in Men In Black International. Hemsworth sat down with Variety for an interview. He told them that he turned down the fourth JJ Abrams Star Trek movie because quote “I didn’t feel like we landed on a reason to revisit that yet,” he reveals. “I didn’t want to be underwhelmed by what I was going to bring to the table.”

On the subject of Endgame, Hemsworth said that he dubbed himself Lebowski Thor and that originally the script called for Thor to end the film back in fighting shape but Chris fought to keep his pot belly quote “I enjoyed that version of Thor,” “It was so different than any other way I played the character. And then it took on a life of its own.” and apparently he loved the transformation saying quote “Physically, it was a good three hours in hair and makeup,” “Then the prosthetic suit, particularly for the shirt-off scene, that was a big silicone that weighed about 90 pounds. It was certainly exhausting. I had weights on my hands and ankles just to have my arms and legs swing differently when I shuffled along through the set.” He even got teased by co-stars quote “People just kept coming up and cuddling me like a big bear or rubbing my belly like I was pregnant,” “Or trying to sit on my lap like I was Santa Claus. You get a lot of affection. I felt like an old man, an old grandpa, with a bunch of kids around. And then you get sick of it when people come up and grab your belly. ‘Don’t grab me like that!’ I know how my wife” — the actress and producer Elsa Pataky — “felt when strangers would come up and rub her belly.”

There’s plenty more in the article for you to discover, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2019/film/features/chris-hemsworth-avengers-thor-men-in-black-international-1203225799/

Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has been well…beaten. Issue number 50 will be the last issue. Good news is it’s not ending because of low sales, but because the creative team believes they’ve brought the story to its natural conclusion.

Series writer Ryan North told AV Club quote

“I’m proud that we got a Squirrel Girl book that ran for 58 issues and an [original graphic novel],”. “I’m proud that the character became popular enough to be the core of a cartoon series (Marvel Rising); a novel spin-off series (Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World and Squirrel Girl: 2 Fuzzy 2 Furious); a TV show pilot (New Warriors). — But the truth of the matter is that when you’re working on a character in a shared universe, you only have a little time with her, and then someone else will take over.” “It’s a little like being a parent and watching your kid go off to school for the first time—you’ve done all you can, and you’ll always be in their corner, but now it’s up to them,” the writer continued. “All you can hope to do—and it’s something I hope we’ve achieved—is to leave your mark on the character in some way. I think Doreen Allene Green is a different person now, 5 years later, then she was when we started with her way back when, and I’m so proud of who she is now.”

The final issue should be out in November.

DC

Robert Pattinson is the new Batman. That’s the news that came out of Warner Bros this past Friday. The 33-year-old British actor is best known for being the vampire love interest in the Twilight film series. Warners was down to just two actors for the role that was vacated by Ben Affleck, Robert and Nicholas Hoult of the latest x-men movie trilogy, but in the end, Pattinson won out. The Matt Reeves helmed The Batman will begin production shortly and will hit theaters June 25, 2021. He’s not my choice but I’m willing to give him a chance, he might be shockingly good.

Keanu Reeves John Wick 3 finally ended the Avengers endgame. But do you remember when Keanu starred in Constantine? The year was 2005 and while it wasn’t considered a good movie by the critics, it did more than double its budget at the box office.

Recently Keanu Reeves in an interview with Variety Mister Reeves said that he would love to play the role again.  Quote “I’ve always wanted to play John Constantine again. I just love that world, too, and I love that character. I just had a blast playing the character and (playing) in that world.”

So should Keanu make Constantine 2?

The Booster Gold movie has made a step forward. Screenwriter Zack Stentz told Revenge of the Fans that his screenplay is finished and has been handed off to director and producer Greg Berlanti. Now it’s all up to Warner Bros. But he did say that Berlanti was very happy with it. The movie has been in development hell for years now. Perhaps we’ll see it sooner rather than later? Frankly, I think they should make it a buddy comedy with Blue Beetle.

So from a movie in development hell to one with a definitive release date, Wonder Woman 1984. You might be wondering why the specific year of 1984? Director Patty Jenkins revealed to the Deadline Crew Call podcast the reason. Quote “1984 itself is definitely very evocative to what’s important in that movie and resonates with right now … it was the pinnacle of the success in the 80s.”  Later she told the hosts that the seeming excess of that time period and the way the world is now is the reason that the movie is set there.

Batman writer Tom King will be leaving the title by the end of the year after issue 85. Tom has been writing the comic since the Rebirth relaunch in 2016 cutting  short a run that was supposed to stop around issue 105. No word on why from DC or King, but speculation points to possible pressure from parent companies Warner Bros and AT&T. However, King will be able to complete the story he was telling in a 12 issue maxiseries called Batman/Catwoman. King will be doing the series with Heroes in Crisis artist Clay Mann. Tom King said quote “Batman and Catwoman is a chance to do what Morrison and Quietly did in Batman and Robin: launch an ambitious, accessible, beautiful, thrilling new series that concludes years of stories and defines what Batman is, can, and will be,” “This will be a comic about what the best Batman comics are always been about, how our greatest hero turns fear into bravery, pain into hope, trauma into love. It’s the story I always wanted to tell, and I’m telling it with the man I consider to be the greatest artist in comics, my brother Clay Mann. “It’s tough to leave Batman, It’s a gift and a joy to be on that book. But I’m leaving it to work on the biggest, most ambitious projects of my career, comics I get to make with the best collaborators in comics. And that’s a gift and a joy too.”

This maxi-series isn’t the only project Tom King is up to, it was announced that he will be co-writing the New Gods Screenplay with film writer and director Ava DuVernay. King has worked with the New Gods before having written an award-winning run on Mister Miracle. As of right now, New Gods has no scheduled release date. The next DC film will be Joker on October tenth.

While this is going forward the Animated DC Super-Pets animated movie has been pushed back. DC Super-Pets had originally been set to be released in theaters on May 2021, now it has been pushed back a year to May of 2022. The film is being directed by Jared Stern, the writer of the Lego Ninjago movie and the Lego Batman Movie and Sam Levine and is produced by Patty Hicks.

Geek News

Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is working on a sequel to Django Unchained  and apparently it will be based on a comic book miniseries that teamed Django with Zorro. The screenplay will be co-written by Tarantino with Jerrod Carmichael Django/Zorro was written by Tarantino and comics creator Matt Wagner and was jointly released by DC and Dynamite Entertainment. Dynamite currently publishes comics based on Zorro,while  DC had teamed with Tarantino and his publishing partner Reginald Hudlin to adapt the original Django Unchained screenplay into comics for DC.

Accordoing to Collider the crossover project, is a go,but details are vague. There ;might be a third writer on the project and it’s unknown if Tarantino is co-writing or just advising on the screenplay. The story on Collider also sugested that Tarantino is unlikely to direct the film himself, maybe just overseeing and executive producing it.

Fans of Sonic The Hedgehog were…dismayed a few weeks ago when the trailer for the Sonic The Hedgehog movie was released showing a very weird looking Sonic. Now news has come out that Paramount Pictures will be pushing back the movie by three months to redesign the character. Following the backlash director, Jeff Fowler said on twitter quote Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear… you aren’t happy with the design & you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be… unquote Sonic was scheduled for November but will now be out on Valentine’s Day 2020. That’s my birthday by the way.

Speaking of Paramount Pictures It has moved up the sequel to its alien horror film A Quiet Place up by two months to March 2020. The movie has not gotten a title yet, but Emily Blunt, Milicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe are all reprising their roles and Cillian Murphy is joining the film as well The original made 340 million at the global box office and won Emily Blunt the Screen Actors Guild Award for supporting actress.

Warner Bros has given a release date for its live-action version of Akira that’s being directed by Taika Waititi and produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and it’s got big competition. The date they chose is May 21, 2021. It’s competition the highly anticipated fourth chapter in the John Wick series. My money is on John Wick

Rotten Tomatoes has decided to shake up their methodology for the Audience Score for movies. The rating will now only reflect verified moviegoers. The reason for this is simple, they are trying to stymie trolls who review bomb movies that they don’t like, star people they don’t like, don’t subscribe to their worldview etcetera. However right now the only way to have your rating count toward the Audience Score is to buy your ticket through Fandango, the company, part of NBC Universal owns 75 percent of Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango insists that this is not meant to drive business to Fandango, noting that it has deals with AMC, Regal, and Cinemark Theaters to participate and that will happen sometime later this year. Frankly, I think it was a bit of bad faith not to launch it with those other theaters ready to take part all at once. But, it’s not my company.

Hulu has greenlit an adaptation of Nathan Ballingrud’s North American Lake Monsters The short story collection will be made into an as of yet untitled series. The show will be an anthology with a first season consisting of eight episodes where natives of Louisiana encounter vampires, fallen angels and other monsters that force the humans to reexamine their broken lives. The series will be headed up by Mary Laws who will serve as both executive producer and writer and will be produced by Annapurna TV.

While we are on the subject of the now Disney controlled  Hulu and British ITV are bring us Zomboat! The British made comedy will first air on ITV in the fall before going to Hulu and stars Leah Brotherhead, Hamza Jeetooa, Ryan McKean and Cara Theobold and tells the story of a group of people surviving the zombie apocalypse in Birmingham, England while fleeing in a canal boat.  

So how about a round of trailers first Terminator Dark Fate

Next up is The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance

And we have a new one from Disney Pixar called Onward

Current James Bond actor Daniel Craig is on the injured list after having minor ankle surgery to fix an injury he sustained on the set of Bond number 25 which was filming in Jamaica.

This news comes from the official Bond Twitter account, it also says that production will continue while he is recuperating and the film will meet it’s April 2020 release date. Quote “Bond 25 update: Daniel Craig will be undergoing minor ankle surgery resulting from an injury sustained during filming in Jamaica,” the post reads. “Production will continue whilst Craig is rehabilitating for two weeks post-surgery. The film remains on track for the same release date on April eighth of 2020. Unquote

We end with some good news for a change. Congratulations are in order to The Orville co-stars Adrianne Palicki and Scott Grimes. They tied the knot and shared the moment on Twitter. Adrianne posted quote Last night was truly amazing! I am so grateful for all the friends and family who made a trip to celebrate with us and to all of you for the kind words. Unquote

Palicki’s former costar Ming-Na Wen attended the ceremony and posted on Instagram What a magical night in Austin, Texas yesterday. Not only have I had the great fortune to have worked with Adrianne and Scott, but I also am so lucky to have them as my friends. They are beautiful inside and out! And when Scott started tearing up as his gorgeous bride walked down the aisle, my heart welled up and my insides turned to mush. Congrats!”

So again congrats to the happy couple and we look forward to season three of the Orville this winter after the football season is over.

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Episode Twenty-Six: The Orville and What’s Next

Tonight! Shows are renewed and canceled, Anne Hathaway gets witchy and loot boxes get investigated on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! So have you enjoyed the season finales? The Game of Thrones has been lost or won, The Big Bang Theory has been blown up, shows have been renewed or cancelled. Lots of good and bad. Frankly,  I thought the finale of the Big Bang Theory was good. However for an episode about changes in life, they kinda left Raj out. Raj got nothing. He ended his relationship with his fiancee to be and that was it, nothing. Not one thing really changed for Raj. I think he kinda got the short shrift. Kinda sucked or him.

I heard a lot of people thought this wrap up season of Game of Thrones sucked, I wouldn’t know, I never was really interested in it.

I am getting things put together for Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS next month, 1 month to be exact. And I planning things for the con including some team ups with SciFi4Me.

So next episode is our one year anniversary. Who knows maybe i’ll change up the theme music, if you have some well wishes or suggestions, if you wanna make me a new logo whatever, just send them along, twitter, email, facebook all those links are on our website. Multiverse Tonight.com and while you’re there check out the show notes, drop a dime through our affiliate links, and more. If you do make something I can use, I might make it worth your while.

Anyway, let’s get on with the news

DC Comics

According to Variety in an exclusive I might add, Robert Pattinson, yes that Robert Pattinson from the Twilight films, is in negotiations to be the star in Matt Reeves The Batman movie which is still scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021. However it’s not a done deal, so watch this space. Personally, I just don’t see it.

Rumors have been floating around the next suicide squad movie. Well despite rumors to the contrary, Michael rooker will not be playing King Shark in James Gunn’s upcoming The Suicide Squad. The rumor has been floating around the past few weeks, but in an instagram post Rooker shooker shot it down. With a simple quote Da…..Not unquote. Well I guess I’m inclined to believe Mr. Rooker.  Of course, he could be lying…. After all he usually plays a villian….

More rumor news… Geeks Worldwide reports that Benicio del Toro is Warner Bros. top choice to be the villain of The Suicide Squad as a character codenamed The Mayor. The character is described as a “irascible old warrior that lives for war”

A new teaser for the Batman’s butler Prequel Pennyworth has been released and Pennyworth is a badass. Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2y4qdiT4vo The EPIX series tells the tory of a 20 year old  Alfred Pennyworth played by Jack Bannon, who just recently completed his duties as a British SAS soldier. To find a new line of work, Alfred forms a new private security company and gets into business with a young billionaire by the name of Thomas Wayne played by (Ben Aldridge).

So, you might be asking your self, how is Pennyworth this kind of bad ass, simple. Executive producer Danny Cannon explains quote “I went back and watched Michael Caine’s Harry Palmer movies, and the first couple of James Bond movies, because going back to that Cold War kind of story telling I liked going back into this period because all of our Berlin movies and Russian espionage movies, it was like the British version of westerns,” unquote

We also have a teaser for HBO’s Watchmen series. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zymgtV99Rko

And a trailer for Batwoman https://youtu.be/vrIiPcv4_iY

Marvel

Bad news for Dark Phoenix hopes at the box office,  According to Variety, early tracking for the latest X-Men movie is showing that it will come in at number 2 behind The Secret Life of Pets 2 when it hits theaters, June 7th. The Secret Life of Pets is expected to get around 65 million while Phoenix is expected to get around 50 million.

According to Disney’s CEO and the man most likley to be called the King of All Media, Bob Iger, man he makes a lot of news, During the Disney company’s quarterly call Bob Iger spoke about Marvel’s Phase Four and hinted that details about Phase 4 would probably begin to come to light later this summer. And that some of the hints were in Endgame itself.  Quote “If you watch, and I hope you did, Avengers: Endgame, there were a lot of clues in that film as to movies that may be coming,” Iger said. I guess we’ll have to wait for it to be released on digital and blu-ray to comb over that movie within an inch of it’s pixels.  By the way, Avengers Endgame will hit the Disney Plus streaming service on December eleventh, a month after the new service starts with the release of Captain Marvel.

However if you want to see Captain Marvel sooner then that, it will be released on digital platforms on May twenty eighth and on Blu-ray and DVD on June eleventh. The release will come with deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette focused on The Origin of Nick Fury..

During that same call, Iger also revealed that his newest acquisition 20th Century Fox will be scaling back it’s production schedule to just five or six movies a year. That’s about half as many films as the studio released just two years ago. Pretty much prioritizing franchises like Deadpool, Avatar and Kingsman. \\

The Russo Brothers have officially left the Marvel buildings…but they might be tempted back for the right project. Talking to business insider, Anthony Russo said quote “We love Marvel, we have the most amazing working relationship with them, and we’re very close with them,” “Maybe there will be an idea that comes up in the future, but there is none now.” unquote Joe added quote “It’s just about finding the right story that inspires us,” “That’s why we get out of bed every day.” Could that be a Fantastic Four or X-men story? Joe said quote “I love Ben Grimm from the Fantastic Four,” “Doctor Doom was always one of my favorite villains.” He also said he loves Wolverine.

However It’ll be awhile before we get to see any of that as the former Fox held characters probably won’t be seen for at least a few years probably later. But who knows, one day the X symbol will arise in the west from Disney HQ and the Russos will answer the call.

Marvel Studios Chief Kevin Feige has previously stated it could be around 5 years before we see the X-Men in the MCU, though undoubtedly part of that equation will be Wolverine, one of it not the most popular mutant in Marvels universe.

Avenger’s Endgame has been dethroned at the box office, by John Wick Chapter 3 Parabellum, The Keanu Reeves movie grossed over 57 million in its opening weekend, endgame fell by over 53 percent to rake in just 29.4 million. However, Endgame total box office has now topped 2.6 million and has passed Avater on the Domestic All time box office chart.

Star Trek

Trek head Alex Kurtzman talking with the LA Times dropped some info on the Section 31 show that’s currently in development. He told them that the spinoff is looking at some popular film and tv works as touchstones for the story.

“We looked to shows like Killing Eve, to franchises like Mission: Impossible, things that were complicated on a plot level but also a character level. I think it’s fun for people to see a show with a protagonist who’s entirely unreliable. At the end of the day, she’s going to do the right thing, but in the exact wrong way.” unquote

He also spoke of the former Emperor Georgiou character.

Quote “People locked in on Georgiou as being a wonderful oddity,” Kurtzman says. “She is wicked, devious, manipulative and yet somehow radiates this incredible heart. People love her.

Keep in mind, if the series is picked up, and right now there’s no reason why not, given that CBS is in a streaming war with everyone else and needs original content, it won’t be till after the next season of Discovery.

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The Picard series formally has a title and it’s Star Trek Picard. Not really original. Perhaps they should have called Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek Burnham? Any way, we didn’t get much about it other than a logo and a short clip of Picard not in a Starfleet uniform anymore. The series, still in production will be out on All Access later this year in the United States, on Amazon internationally and on Space and Z in Canada.

By the way, in that same article in the LA Times, Kurtzman said about the Picard series, quote “The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver.”“What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings?” “Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Star Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.” unquote Just as long as it’s not all darkness, I’m good.

We Also have news that the new adult edged animated comedy series Star Trek Lower Decks had its first table read. The series from Mike McMahn, who is also the head writer for Rick and Morty is still a ways away from coming out. If you’ll remember the last episode a new teen centered animated series was also announced for Nickelodeon.

The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills will be showcasing Star Trek Discovery season two in a multimedia exhibit called Star Trek Discovery Fight For The Future. The exhibit will cover two floors of the Paley Center and will showcast the creative process and feature production and concept art, models, props, costumes and set pieces including the Discovery’s captain’s chair, full prosthetic makeup busts and more. David Stapf, president of CBS Studios said quote“Coming off a successful season two of Star Trek Discovery, we are excited to partner with the Paley Center to give fans and visitors an opportunity to see and interact with drawings, costumes and set design from the series,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “This exhibit will allow fans a tactile experience never before seen beyond the studio’s stages.” unquote The exhibit will be up until July 7th.   

Star Wars

Star Wars The Mandalorian star Werner Herzog in an interview with the associated press has revealed that he’s never seen a Star Wars movie.  Quote “I have to confess I never saw a single one,” Herzog shared with the Associated Press. “I’ve seen some trailers, I’ve seen some excerpts here and there. And I know about the whole franchise and about the toys for the kids, and so… it’s all a new mythology of a time of some sort of heroics, and it has created new mythologies, and you better take them seriously. Yes, they’re out there, and don’t ignore them.”

If you’re wondering why he’s here, the answer is Jon Favreau, Herzog explains quote

“The Mandalorian, I was invited by Jon Favreau — who started this whole series — to act,” “I looked at the screenplays and I had the feeling, although I know very little about Star Wars, I had the feeling yes, I could do it. It’s a character in whom you cannot trust. And I said yes, I can do that.” unquote

Star Wars: The Mandalorian will debut on Disney+ on November 12th.

Disney CEO Bob Iger, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and directors JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg went on a personal tour of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge with Galaxy’s Edge creator Scott Trowbridge. Me. Iger tweeted about it quote “Best way to impress your friends…give them a personal tour of @starwars Galaxy’s Edge!

#stevenspielberg, #jjabrams, Kathy Kennedy with Imagineer & Galaxy’s Edge creator, Scott Trowbridge.” unquote with pictures of them in front of the Millenium Falcon and sitting around the iconic Falcon game board.  Galaxy’s edge will open at Disneyland on May 31st. Wonder if they were also showed out after four hours as well.

Speaking of Disney, they have announced that three more Star Wars films will start hitting theaters with the first one in 2022 and the next two spaced out every two years following.  So why every other year? Well, they announced that the Avatar sequels will be in the odd years. So 2021, Avatar 2, 2022 star wars 10, 2023 Avatar 3, 2024 Star Wars 11, etcra. Personally, I think I’ll skip Dances with Smurfs 2….err Avatar 2.

EA is seeing potential dollar signs with Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order. During a recent earnings call, EA said that they expect Fallen Order to sell between six and eight million copies by March 31, 2020.  They came about these expectations by how well Star Wars Battlefront II sold in the same amount of time. The game will be released on November 15th on PS4, Xbox one and pc.

Last issue we talked about the passing of Peter Mayhew, the original Chewy.

Nick Hague an astronaut currently on the International Space Station saluted Mr. Mayew on twitter, quote Honoring Peter Mayhew (also known as Chewbacca) up here on @Space_Station. Thank you Peter for inspiring generations of explorers. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D6ErMQGXoAA_wVi.jpg unquote he also included a picture of Mayhew posted on a window of the station that was looking at earth. Very nice.

Geek News

We are fully loaded with Geek News this week.

Starting with someone who has had a lot of time with remakes, Anne Hathaway. This time Anne is in Robert Zemeckis’ remake of the 1990 cult classic which was based on the 1983 novel by Roald Dahl, The Witches. Ms. Hathaway about the new version and how much it’s different from the 90’s version. Anne said quote “ I think the stories will be the only thing that is familiar. I think everything else is totally from the mind of Robert Zemeckis and I’m really excited.” unquote.

Zemeckis is on record as saying that the movie will be a more accurate version of Roald Dahl’s original work, than the 1990 Jim Henson production. Zemeckis called the French site Allocine quote We’re going to set it in the Gothic South of the 1960’s. It’s an exciting way to put a sociological spin on this kind of with story.”

Anne Hathaway will be playing the Grand High Witch and Octavia Spencer will be playing the grandmother. The boy will be played by newcomer Jahzir Bruno. The Witches will hit theaters on October 16, 2020.

Have you seen the new trailer for It Chapter 2? Let’s watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqUopiAYdRg

Looks really good.

Speaking of It. Bill Skarsgard, who plays Pennywise, the IT of the story says that playing the role for the second movie was even more difficult. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bill said quote “After we wrapped, I was in my childhood home in Sweden, sitting having coffee with my mom at our kitchen table, and realized, ‘Oh, holy sh–, I don’t have to deal with this relationship anymore!'”. “It was a very quick shift of just feeling better, like ‘Oh my God, I’m relieved that I don’t have to deal with the darkness of the character.’ I likened it to an exorcism — him exiting my body and getting rid of the Pennywise toxins.” Even with that release he couldn’t get himself and Pennywise quote separated telling EW quote “I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams,”. “Every night, he came and visited. It was in the shape of either me dealing with him, sort of Pennywise as a separate entity of me, and then also me as Pennywise in circumstances that I didn’t appreciate. Like, I’m Pennywise and I’m really upset that I’m out in public and people are looking at me.” “This was a process of letting go of the monster,” “It was amazing. It’s a daunting but exciting thing to sort of revisit him again.” Well Bill I hope you’re having sweet dreams right now. Keep Pennywise at bay.  If you need someone to check under your bed, I think I know some women who would be happy to oblige.

The New York State Fair wants the writers of The Simpsons to come to the Fair in person. After a recent episode featured a song making light of upstate new york aired on the show , the head of the New York state fair has invited the staff of tv longest running animated series to prove that the region is not a joke. New York State Fair Director Troy Waffner said in a statement quote “We want the show’s writers to see the very best of New York and the Fair is the perfect place to highlight the diversity and vitality of one of the nation’s largest economies. We know it’s just a tv show, we can certainly take a joke and we love The Simpsons, but there’s so much that’s great about the region.” unquote. Director Waffner added in the statement that they would be given free admission and a gift basket of local foods.  No word on if the writers will take him up on the offer.

Comic Publishers Oni Press and Lion Forge are merging. Both companies are hoping that this will strengthen their library of Intellectual properties and they can then use the combined company to spread out to media platforms like film and animation.

Current Oni Press Publisher, James Lucas Jones will be president of the new company. Oni Press’ biggest hit to date was Scott Pilgrim vs the World.

Loot boxes might get the ban hammer from Congress. Missouri senator Josh Hawley has introduced legislation to ban explotative microtransactions, including Loot Boxes and pay to win systems.

The Protecting Children from Abusive Games Act would mirror the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act  and target games that are aimed at users under 18 years old. Under the bill, such games would not be allowed to have loot boxes and would take aim at pay to win mechanics like having to spend money to buy additional time or a special weapon to help you win.

Senator Hawley in a statement said “When a game is designed for kids, game developers shouldn’t be allowed to monetize addiction,” “And when kids play games designed for adults, they should be walled off from compulsive microtransactions. Game developers who knowingly exploit children should face legal consequences.”

The bill has an uphill climb to ever make it to a law. First it would have to make it into committee’s in the senate and than the house and the likelihood of it getting out of committee are remote. If it does make any progress, we will let you know.

Adult Swim is full of off beat shows including Harvey Birdman the show that took Hanna Barbera hero Birdman and turned him into a lawyer for other Hanna Barbera characters. Now Adult Swim has announced that Birdgirl will be getting her own spinoff series on the network. The show, starting Paget Brewster as the titular Birdgirl doesn’t have a launch date yet.

Netflix has had a stream of good luck with Dark Horse properties Polar and The Umbrella Academy. Now Dark Horse and Netflix have signed a first look deal that gives Netflix the first pick of Dark Horse Properties for future tv shows or movies. Dark Horse president and founder Mike Richardson in a statement said quote “We are very excited about this new arrangement with the talented people at Netflix. We have strong creative relationships as well as a large content library to work with and, as we have seen with our recent projects, Netflix is the perfect partner to bring our stories to fans around the world.” unquote and Cindy Holland VP of Original content for Netflix added quote “Following the success of The Umbrella Academy, we’re excited to extend our relationship with Dark Horse Comics. The Netflix teams are already working in deep collaboration with Dark Horse to identify projects beyond the world of traditional superheroes — branching into horror, fantasy and family entertainment — that we think our members will love.” Netflix really needs the content now after Disney and now WarnerMedia have announced that they will be withdrawing their properties from other streaming services in order to start their own.

And speaking of streaming. Disney has now taken full control of Hulu after Comcast agreed to eventually sell their stake of the service to the Walt Disney Company. The sale price would probably be around 5.8 billion dollars and would probably not happen for at least five years. Under the terms of the deal, Comcast agrees to license NBC shows to Hulu until 2024 with the option to pull the content after three years. Comcast will also give up three seats on hulu’s board. Hulu currently has around 28 million subscribers.

Warner Bros new Matrix sequel has gotten a boost.  During an interview with Yahoo Movies UK, John Wick director and Matrix stunt coordinator Chad Stahelski said quote “I’m super happy that the Wachowskis are not just doing a Matrix, but they’re expanding what we all loved. And if it’s anywhere near the level of what they’ve already done, it wouldn’t take more than a call to go, ‘Hey, we want you to be a stunt guy’ and I would probably go and get hit by a car.” unquote The movie is currently being written by Zac Penn and is said to be more of a revival than a reboot.

Mel Gibson is going to play Santa. Yep. A new Action Comedy movie called Fatman will star Mel and will tell the story of quote “a rowdy, unorthodox Santa Claus who is fighting his business decline.” There’s an interesting and amusing twist to the story, though, as “a neglected and precocious 12-year-old hires a hitman to kill Santa after receiving a lump of coal in his stocking.” Unquote The movie is being directed by Ian and Eshom Nelms from a script they wrote. Are you interested in Mel Gibson as Santa Claus?

I’m so happy, The network upfronts, the week when the broadcasters pitch their new fall lineup to mainly advertisers has happened. Not a lot of genre tv on the networks unless you’re networks letters are C and W.

First off, let me say how happy I am that The Orville did get it’s order for a third season. Thank you New Fox. However we will have to wait till Thursday night football ends in 2020 for that new season to start.

While we’re talking Fox. They had a new show on the schedule sure to make you distrust your digital assistant speaker. Next. Here’s the trailer https://youtu.be/jFR3KsBrHRQ

Yep, killer AI. I hate to be this guy, but wouldn’t it just end up taking over the world in episode one?

And the best news to come out of the upfronts came from Warner Media. Rick and Morty season four  https://youtu.be/dIdk61KN1to

And remember this is just the start of seventy new episodes that were ordered by Adult Swim. Awesome.

Bad News, Amazon is not picking up The Tick for a third season. The announcement was made by Tick creator Ben Edlund quote “I’m sorry to say Amazon has chosen not to proceed with @TheTickTV I’m not sorry to say I love this show, its cast, its story, and its message. Destiny demands that my compatriots and I now seek a new home for this series.”  Unquote

Disney’s feature film length reimagining of the 90’s cartoon series Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue rangers now has a director. Akiva Schaffer, a member of the Lonely Island, he also co directed Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and Hulu’s Pen15, will be taking on the live and cq hybrid picture. No plot details have come to light, however it’s being described as being meta, self referential and cool. Yep. Also no word on if this well actually make theaters or just go straight to Disney Plus. My bet would be the later.

Host of Wild Kingdom, Jim Fowler has passed away. Younger kids might not know him, but Fowler co hosted Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom with Marlin Perkins starting back in 1963. He was also a regular guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he brought Johnny in contact with many amusing animals. Here’s a clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cFLFKyu5iY

Jim was always interested in wildlife when he was a kid, He studied zoology in college , where he was also a star baseball player. He could have played for the Phillies or Yankees but he turned them down to pursue a career as a naturalist.

Jim Fowler was 89 years old.

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Episode Twenty-Four: Kevin Dilmore and a Coke at the Galaxy’s Edge

Tonight! The Fantastic Four find the Prodigal Sun, a death star full of Star Wars news and I interview author Kevin Dilmore on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Marvel News
Writer Peter David and artist Francesco Manna are all set to introduce you to a brand new character in July in Fantastic Four:The Prodigal Sun #1. The story centers around a mysterious character named Prodigal in the Savage Land who is treated as a god by the barbarians there. However, when the barbarians decide to take over the world, the Fantastic Four step in to put a stop to it.
Fantastic Four Prodigal Sun will be followed up by two one shots: Guardians of the Galaxy The Prodigal Sun and Silver Surfer The Prodigal Sun.
Also in July will be a return of the Future Foundation in the backup story of Fantastic Four #12 as well as a solo series for the Invisible Woman.

On April eleventh, we got a look at Disney,’s new streaming service, Disney Plus. First off, the service will arrive this November and will cost 6.99 a month or 69.99 for a full year. This is called cutting Netflix off at the knees. Disney plus will have 25 original series in the first year plus almost every film from the Disney Vault as well as all 30 seasons of the Simpsons. The service will be the exclusive streaming home for all of Disney’s movies going forward incuding Frozen 2, toy story 4 and the new Star Wars movies.
By the way, one of the movies not being released from the vault is Song of the South. Also the original Dumbo will include an edit as well.

Original series will include Star Wars series: the Mandalorian, a unnamed series based around Cassian Andor from Rogue One. High School Musical The Musical the Series, Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, the poorly named Scarlett Witch and Vision series: WandaVision. Animated series like Pixar’s SparkShorts, The Monsters Inc based series: Monsters at Work, Star Wars Clone Wars, Marvel’s What If…? And Documentary, unscipted and live specials like: Encore! Which comes from executive producer Kristen Bell, an Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentery Series, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, Marvel’s 616, Original films, Lady & The tramp, The Phineas and Ferb Movie, Stargirl (Based on the New York times best selling Young Adult novel of the same name, not the DCU character of course.). And of course, much much more.

One show not on that list is a Team thor show, but Chris hemsworth would love to see one. You see, prior to the release of Thor Ragnorok, director Taika Waititi made a short mockumentary titled Team Thor: While You Were Fighting: A Thor Mocumentery which followed Thor and his rommate Darryl. When Chris was asked about the possibility of such a tv series becoming a thing by MTV International, Hemsworth responded quote “I’d love to do that. I’d love to see Darryl more. I’d love to do a mockumentary TV show of us living together and rooming together and our day to day adventures outside of saving the world, just sort of the regular stuff. I thought that was a lot of fun to shoot and also I think it’d be cool to have a TV show like that yeah. Surfing, fishing, we got a pub, it’d be good fun. Tamed Asgard and get to explore that world.” Unquote Maybe Chris ought to propose it to Disney Plus?

As we discussed in the last episode, a lot of people got dusted by The Snap. One of the survivors was Bruce Banner, however, it could have been different. While promoting Avengers Endgame, the loose lipped Mark Ruffalo told Yahoo that he really didn’t know that he would survive until he saw the movie. Quote “For one take, I did disappear, and then the other one I didn’t,”“I was pretty sure it was gonna be me,” “It’s like Survivor. It’s like, who’s gonna get kicked off the island? And I probably should’ve. … It’s like Project Runway for leakers.” So did they shot the scene so that Mark wouldn’t know which was the real one? And did they make sure to film several variants of key scenes so Ruffalo couldn’t leak Endgame?

Captain Marvel has passed the billion dollar mark in the world wide box office and no one could be happier about it than the film’s star Brie Larson, Brie reacted to the news at the Women in the World Conference, quote “I’m very grateful to have broken this glass ceiling of normalizing the concept that women can also make a billion dollars,” “I don’t know why that was so hard to comprehend in the first place. It’s just like we’re human, whatever. If people needed this to be another reminder this decade [that minority groups can open movies and make a billion dollars] then great, I’m here, I did it.” This Easter weekend,Captain Marvel did recieve a bump, jumping up from number 6 to number 4 at the box office. It’s international gross box office is currently $1,089,526,133.

The Fox mutant series “The Gifted” has been gifted with the ax, as the Fox network has cancelled the series. Fox the studio and Fox the network are no longer under one umbrella and this could possibly be the reason for the cancellation. Now the possiblity does exist that the series could find a new home on Hulu or Disney Plus or one of it’s cable networks since Disney will now have those platforms to put content on. If The Gifted is gifted a resurrection, we will let you know.

DC News
Shazam is doing great at the box office, it’s defeated Hellboy, which came in 3rd after the comedy Little. In it’s first 17 days of release the Marvel-ous movie has brought in 322 million world wide.

And Shazam star Zachary Levi is doing good off the screen too, A mother named Christina Giannelli wrote on social media quote “My son just got back from seeing #shazam,” Giannelli wrote on Twitter. “Seeing him so happy makes me want to cry. It’s been a rough year for him. He’s homeschooling after being bullied. He’s in therapy now and being able to tell him this superhero @ZacharyLevi has also been and struggled is huge. Thank you.”

🙏

Zach was touched by the tweet and tweeted back. Quote My heart is bursting with love right now for your little man. I was bullied a lot when I was a kid, & wish homeschool was an option for me at many points along the way. Tell him I’m standing with him, and to remember that bullies are just hurt and confused in their own life. Unquote

Christina tweeted back that Her son was crying after she read Zach’s response to him and that Mr. Levi, quote “…made his year.” unquote

We move from Shazam to Birds of Prey. LuckyChap Entertainment, which is Margot Robbie’s production company has announced that it has officially wrapped on the Bird of Prey film . Margot is not only producing the movie, but will reprise her Harley Quinn character for the movie which also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Birds of Prey will hit theater screens on February 7th , 2020.

Sean Gunn is , of course, James Gunn’s brother, not really news, and has been on many of his brothers projects including the Guardians of the Galaxy movies as Kraglin. That said, Sean isn’t so sure he’ll be making any kind of appearance in James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad movie. Sean told Comicbook.com quote “I’m always willing to do anything [James] needs me to do. I’m also very, very respectful of the creative process, from the point of view of the people who are writing and coming up with the story. I’ve been in the business long enough to know that story is king… In order for the movie to be good, the story has to be great, and it’s hard to make a great story if you’re thinking, ‘Hmm, I have to work this person in there somewhere.” Unquote if he doesn’t make any appearance in the movie, he will probably be apart of Guardians 3. The Suicide Squad comes out on August 6th of 2021.

Titans will finally get it’s Batman for season two. Dedline dot com reports that Iain Glenn, who played Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones will play the role. The Scottish born actor is 57 years old, which shows us that this Batman will be an older version of the character. The official character description reads as follows: “After decades of fighting crime as Batman, billionaire Bruce Wayne is just as driven to protect Gotham from evil as he was in his prime,” the description reads. “Needing to reconcile his relationship with Dick Grayson, the duo hope to forge a new dynamic as Bruce tries to help his former sidekick and the Titans achieve success.

It’s unclear if he will be in the cowl for the series or just portray a Bruce Wayne, who’s given up the cowl to fight with his money instead.

Lucifer Season Four is just days away and Netflix has released a new trailer for the rescued series. Let’s watch https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5QBmphmLbc Season Four drops on May 8th.

CW Boss Mark Pedowitz sat down with the Hollywood Reporter. As you know, the next season will see both Supernatural and Arrow ending. So what direction does Mr. Pedowitz want to take the network’s genre offerings? Quote
“We know who we are and it’s pretty set forth in the development,”. The next Arrow-verse spinoff, Batwoman, “will help extend the franchises and the Arrow-verse. We think Lost Boys [a reimagining of the ’80s movie] fits a lot of what The CW is, and you have the Jane the Novela [a Jane the Virgin spinoff], which is a very interesting twist on Jane now being an author. Glamorous will push the boundaries in a lot of ways. And it’s a show for Gen-Z because of its ability to speak to non-conforming genders and particularly gender fluidity. We’re happy with Nancy Drew, which will have a supernatural twist to it, as well as [Riverdale spinoff] Katy Keene, which, I believe with [creator/showrunner] Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and his team will make a huge difference to us, and hopefully it captures that Gossip Girl feel a decade later. Unquote
So I think the CW will be just fine.

The LA Times reports that in July, DC Comics will be putting a spotlight on Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen in two new 12 issue maxi series. Lois Lane will be written by Greg Rucka and artist Mike Perkins and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen will come from the pen of Matt Friction with art by Steve Lieber.

Lois Lane will see Lois investigate threats and conspiracies in a story that DC hopes that will show what makes Lois very remarkable. An email from Rucka quoted by the LA Times quote
“Lois Lane is the best investigative reporter in the DC [Universe],” “This is our truth, and this is what the book is about.” unquote

Friction and Lieber’s Jimmy Olsen according to the team will be ridiculous and sublime. In a phone interview with the Times Fraction said quote “Jimmy’s videos are basically the only thing keeping the lights on at the Planet anymore,” “They have to let him keep doing his thing because it’s the only thing that pays the bills but it’s [also] really expensive” because they keep having to rebuild Metropolis after any messes he causes. So Jimmy will it the road to show and explore various settings in the DCU.

Both “Lois Lane” and “Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen” will have short stories by their respective creative teams in the upcoming one-shot “Superman: Leviathan Rising Special” on May 29 ahead of their first issues, which are due out in July.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Swamp Thing has been reduced from 13 episodes to 10 apparently after creative differences between Warner Bros the studio and the DC Universe streaming platform. The series will still premiere on May 31st.

This comes on the heels of word that the parent company, WarnerMedia is pursuing its own streaming service to be overseen by former NBC president Bob Greenblatt and Turners Kevin Reilly. WarnerMedia has yet to reveal anything about the platform, but it probably will have it ready before the end of 2020. Could it possibly be that WarnerMedia might want to keep some DC Comics content for the new service as well?

Anyway, let’s look at the Swamp Thing trailer…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8TKZu5PbdA

FX’s Y:The Last Man series appears to be dead. The series, which would have been an adaption of the Vertigo comic series of the same name got some bad news from the network. Showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal, confirmed the news in a joint statement on Twitter.

Quote “FX has decided not to move forward with our series in its current form,” before thanking the talent involved with the show. “We hoped to reward their talent and their trust not just with success but with a show that had something to say, in a time when things must be said. As Y fans ourselves, we hope the future allows just that.” Unquote

Given that FX is now owned by Disney, not Fox anymore I personally don’t see this going forward, however a spokesman for FX told Variety the network is still planning to move forward with the series with its current cast. So I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

Star Wars news
Star Wars news coming out of Star Wars Celebration was hot and heavy. For a personal look at the con,SciFi4Me’s Salacious Crumbs coverage of the Con. They covered the con live all four days and you can watch it all on Youtube.

Let’s start with some of the comics news coming out of Celebration.

A new Darth Vader Miniseries was announced. Target Vader is a six issue miniseries with no release date. At Celebration, Assistant editor Tom Groneman said quote “Target Vader, six issues starring a character that we’ve recently reintroduced… named Valance. He originally appeared in Marvel Star Wars #16 as a cyborg bounty hunter with a vendetta against Vader,” “It’s all about Valance and his crew pulling an impossible mission hunting down Dark Lords of the Sith.” unquote The series features the talents of Robbie Thompson and Marc Laming with covers from Nic Klein.

We got news on the follow up to Star Wars Age of Republic series of one shots with the Star Wars The Age of Rebellion and Star Wars Age of Resistance one shots. First up will be Finn #1 This will come from writer Tom Taylor and artist Ramon Rosanas with covers from Phil Noto. According to Assistant Editor Tom Groneman said quote “The Finn story takes place in his earlier days when he was a stormtrooper on Starkiller Base,unquote
Lucasfilm Story Group’s Matt martin added quote “We also get to see Janitor Finn,” “That’s the main selling point.” unquote

Next up, Poe #1.Assistant Editor Tom Groneman said quote “Maybe there was a pitstop for Rey and Chewbacca on the way to seeing Luke.” “Let’s say he’s got an unexpected mentor from his past… that we’re going to meet in this issue.” unquote

Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk are working on a Captain Phasma one shot. Groneman said that this will show what makes Phasma tick.

Groneman also announced a special issue on Admiral Holdo featuring the talents of G. Willow Wilson, Tom Taylor, Chris Eliopoulos and Elsa Charretier. About this Groneman said quote
“So we’ve got our main story following Holdo, Maz and BB-8,””Willow knew exactly where to take Holdo in this story… This explores her earlier days a bit, and you’re going to get to see that inciting incident for what makes her so unbelievably effective as a leader… It all starts here in this book.” Unquote
There will also be a one shot featuring Hux. and one featuring Rey.

Greg Pak also weighed in on the upcoming Age of Rebellion one shots saying quote “This is one of eight one-shots that I’m doing,” unquote He also said that the stories are in-continuity and explore little moments that have never been seen before in an effort to capture “what makes the characters so fun.”

“I have a special affection for the Boba Fett one,” . “The art is by Mark Laming… and we did it as a straight western. It’s like a badass bounty hunter western story. Boba Fett, I think he says three words during the whole thing… Everybody’s got a different idea of… his motivations.”
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There was plenty of more coverage, I’ll have links to it in the show notes.
Also announced was a miniseries Star wars Galaxy’s Edge that will explore a shop in the park that contains rare items. Writer Ethan Sacs said quote “There is a criminal gang that is out to plot a heist for a specific object there. Unquote

While we’re on the subject of the Galaxy’s Edge athe the panel for the new attraction, Disney Imagineer Chris Beatty hinted that Yoda will be featured in some capacity . He also revealed that Frank Oz had recorded new lines for Yoda. He joins Jim Cummings as Hondo and Paul Reubens as DJ-R3X.

And of course, if you’re gonna be walking around the park, you’re probably gonna get thirsty. You can always have a nice tall glass of blue bantha milk. But why not have a Coke. Yes, I said a Coke, A partnership was revealed at Celebration that Coke will have specially packaged Coke products. The bottles resemble Thermal detonators and the packaging will look scuffed up and be rendered in Aurebesh as not to spoil the immersion. Here’s the ad. https://twitter.com/starwars/status/1117109633225756672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1117109633225756672&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbr.com%2Fcoca-cola-new-design-star-wars-galaxys-edge%2F

The park opens on May 31st at Disneyland and on August 29th at Disney World. Have a Coke. But don’t Smile. The Storm troopers will probably shoot you.

Also seen at Star Wars Celebration was Star Wars fallen order, the action adventure video game from Lucasfilm and EA’s Respawn Entertainment. Respawn head Vince Zampella told the crowd that quote “”This is a Jedi fantasy story game,” “This is a story game. No multiplayer. No microtransactions.” Game Director Stig Asmussen added that quote “So you play as a Jedi on the run in training with a lightsaber and Force powers,” “We made sure that the combat was something that was easy to pick up… Combat is key for us. We call it thoughtful combat,” he explained. The game will follow a character named Cal.
The game will take place during the time that Order 66 was activated. Cal must avoid the Jedi hunting Inquisitors that are searching for Force users that have escaped the original order.

One of the Inquisitors, named Second Sister, first appeared in the Darth Vader comic.

Gotham’s Cameron Monaghan will play the character of Cal, who they said has a young Clint Eastwood quality about him. Monaghan not only provided has voice but did motion capture for the game as well.

The game will be released on November 15th for Xbox, Playstation and PC.

Star Trek
We start Star Trek News with the Picard show. They really need to give us a real name soon. Or it’s gonna be called Star Trek Picard no matter what they finally call it.
Anyway. Jonathan Frakes in an interview with TrekMovie dot com said that he has been booked to work on episodes 3 and 4. He also said that he’s read the first couple of episodes and sadi that it’s like a ten episode movie. He called it quote a very ambitious approach to television, in the first season. Unquote

The show is still adding new cast members. A few days ago we got word that Alison Pill who has appeared in Snowpiercer , American Horror Story; Cult and Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, Harry Treadaway has been the Netflix series The Crown Disney’s The Lone Ranger and three seasons on Penny Dreadful as Dr. frankenstein. and Isa Briones is a relative newcomer having just wrapped the First national Touring Company of hamilton. He has had a role on American Crime Story: Versace. They join previously announced cast members Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, and Evan Evagora.

Turning to Discovery, the season is over and so is Anson Mount’s time as Captain Pike. While the storyline this season had issues at times. Anson Mount’s Pike was on of the bright spots of the season. There has been such an outpouring of love for Mount’s portrayal that a change dot org petition calling for a Captain Pike series has over 11,000 signatures.

Mount has responded to this petition on his facebook page commenting quote I am humbled and deeply touched by this amount of love. I have NEVER received such gratitude. Please know that my own gratitude at having been given the opportunity to walk in Captain Pike’s boots is equaled only by that which I feel for the Trek family’s devotion. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. Unquote

Could CBS listen and make a Pike series? Doubtful. But maybe Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore write some Pike novels and Anson could do the audio version?

What we left behind: Looking back at Star Trek Deep Space Nine is almost here. The film is done and handed over to Shout! Studios. The early backer stream of the film will debut worldwide on Thursday April 25th starting at 909 PM eastern time. Eligible backers will get to stream it from home or mobile devices for the 99 hours after the debut. Full unrestricted access will be available after the theatrical release on May 13th.

According to THR, Michelle Yeoh has been cast as scientist Dr. Karina Mogue in James Cameron’s Avatar. In a statement writer director James Cameron said quote “Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” The Avatar sequels are due for release on Decembers 2020 and 2021 and also star Zoe Saldana, Sam worthington, Stephen Lang, Kate winslet, Vin Diesel and Sigourney Weaver.

Geek News
Season Two of The Orville is almost over. And what a season has been. It’s even in contention for an Emmy award. Deadline spoke with Seth Macfarlane at their The Contenders Emmy confab on the Paramount lot, Seth talked about how the change in the series tone from a comedy tone to a little more drama made him nervous about how the audience would take it. Quote “I have been a big sci-fi fan since I was a kid,” he said. “I think secretly that was the show I wanted to do, but I figured there’s no way in hell anyone would swallow that from me.”
“With an hour long show, in order to sustain it, you have to have real stakes,”
“That was my fear at the beginning. If people aren’t with us on that side of it, we’re probably not going to last very long. But they were, so we really leaned into that.” Unquote
Speaking about the obvious influence of Star trek on the show Mr. MacFarlane said quote “Star Trek was the first franchise to bring it to a point that reached the mainstream in such a massive way. In many ways, it does have ownership on this idea of a captain on a bridge of his spaceship instead of a sailing ship. But it’s become the convention. You can’t help but go there if you’re doing this type of show. … You just try to start by learning from what your predecessors have figured out and then take it off in its own direction.” Unquote

Speaking of Seth, he will be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today. Congratulations Seth, you’ve earned it.

Just two weeks before it was scheduled to go into production, Fox’s new daddy, Disney has cancelled the Mouse Guard movie. The movie which would have been based on Archaia/Boom! Studios comic of the same name. Mouse Guard is a two time Eisner winning comic and graphic novel by David Petersen and has been called Game of Thrones with mice. Set in a human free world the Mouse Guard protects mice from predators and other threats. The movie would have been CGI with WETA providing the visual effects.Based on David Petersen’s two-time Eisner winning comics and a graphic novel. Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that the producers are being allowed to shop the project around to other studios.

Warner Brothers is looking to expand it’s studio space by buying The Burbank Studios to use as additional office space and eight soundstages. This will include two Frank Gehry designed office buildings that are next to it’s Burbank Media District. The deal is expected to be finalized later this year.

The European Union has passed a new copyright directive that will change how copyright law will be enforced online.Under the new law, Google and other online platforms like Facebook will have to sign licensing agreements with copyright holders like musicians, performers, authors, news organizations and journalists to use their work online. The law was passed by nineteen countries but was opposed by Finland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden.

The new Copyright Directive now goes to the various countries of the EU to be written into their national laws.

Game of Thrones is back and it drew huge ratings. According to HBO, Episode one of season eight drew 17.4 million viewers across all digital and cable platforms on Sunday alone. . 11.8 of those from cable itself. That number is expected to go up in the days following. This final season is only 6 episodes long. So buy some Game of Thrones Oreos and tune in.

Archer season 10 is just a little over a month away. Let’s watch the trailer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=K9Mp8kvnaAg Archer 1999 is the third episode that’s taking place during Archer’s coma after he was shot at the end of season 7 and looks like we will be getting a lot of scifi jokes and tropes thrown in. The new season will see Archer Lana and the crew onboard the M/V Seamus salvage ship. Looks good.

Lena Waithe has joined HBO’s Westworld for season three. Lena is any Emmy award winner for Outstanding writing in a comedy series for Master of None and is the creator of Showtimes The Chi. While her role is currently under wraps she will be joined also by newcomer to the series Aaron Paul, best known for Breaking Bad. Season three is currently in production and will likley premiere on HBO in 2020.

From the we needed this why file comes news in an exclusive to The Hollywood Reporter that Paramount Pictures division Paramount Players, alongside Temple Hill and Picture Start has put anto development a prequel to the musical Grease called Summer Loving. The script is being written by John August, who has written the scripts for Big Fish and Charlie and the Choclate Factory. The story will reportedly will show the first meeting of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson that was recounted in the song Summer Nights

Now here’s that interview with author Kevin Dilmore!

That was a fun interview and a great convention. And now I’m looking forward to Smallville Con in Hutchinson, KS, it’s not that far away.

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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

Love,

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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Episode Twenty-Five: After The Endgame, What’s Next?

Tonight! Avengers Endgame breaks records like the Hulk breaks pants, California recognizes Star Wars Day and we say goodbye to everyone’s favorite wookie actor on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

  

Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! I hope you’ve seen Endgame, it was 3 hours well spent. Now that you’ve seen Avengers Endgame, what’s next? Spider-man Far From Home? Star Wars? More streaming services than you have hours in the day?

By the way, we are just two episodes away from our one year anniversary…

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Let’s start with the Marvel News

Avengers Endgame rocked the box office to its knees. Bringing in 1.2 billion dollars in its opening weekend worldwide. And in it’s second weekend, it’s up to $2,188,698,638. Could it make it to three million next weekend? It now holds the records for Worldwide opening, foreign opening weekend, opening day gross, single day gross,and single day friday, saturday and sunday gross, april opening weekend, spring opening weekend, top 3 day and top 4 day gross and many many more.  It’s competition from the previous weeks, The Curse of La Llorona and Shazam saw drops of over 60 percent while the new Pet Sematary remake so a drop of 72 percent. Needless to say, Avengers made all the money and will probably keep making money for sometime until the next big summer blockbuster which ever one that is.

By the way, have you noticed that not many spoilers have been bandied about? Here’s a cautionary tale out of Hong Kong to make you think twice of opening your big mouth outside a theater. Asia One reports that a man was assaulted outside a Hong Kong theater for loudly exposing major Endgame spoilers to those in line for the movie..

If that doesn’t make you keep quiet maybe this will, Directors Joe and Anthony Russo penned a letter to fans saying quote “Because so many of you have invested your time, your hearts, and your souls into these stories, we’re once again asking for your help,” the letter reads in part. “When you see Endgame in the coming weeks, please don’t spoil it for others, the same way you wouldn’t want it spoiled for you. Remember, Thanos still demands your silence.” quote So shhhhhhh.

And for those theater workers out there who kept theaters clean, popcorn popped and lines moving, Mark ruffalo has a message for you quote “Thank you to everyone that went to see Endgame this weekend, reminding us how great it is to watch movies with others,” Ruffalo said. “And a special thank you to the people working at theaters this weekend. Love you 3000.” unquote

By the way, according to the Hollywood Reporter, a big winner financially in all this is Robert Downey Jr. Who will walk away with a 75 million dollar payout from backend profits on Endgame. It’s good to be the Iron Man.

Well with one movie done, another must be made.According to the Hollywood reporter,  Guardians of the galaxy 3 will start filming in 2020 with one of three possible release dates in 2021, February 12th, May 7th or November 5th. Personally I’m pulling for February. It’s a couple of days before my birthday.

Now last episode we talked about Disney Plus and it’s myriad of MCU shows. Well  We now know how many episodes the first seasons of those shows will be. According to the hollywood reporter , Loki, Falcon and Winter Soldier and Scarlet Vision will each have six to eight episode seasons. This info comes from the stars contracts, which were negotiated separately from their movie contracts. Just a reminder, Disney Plus will launch on November 12th.

Meanwhile over at Sony Pictures. The studio has signed Phil Lord and Chris Miller to a five year deal worth nine figures to start after their current Fox contract expires.  The new deal will see the Spider-verse makers create and develop comedy and drama projects of their own creation for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms as well as oversee other writers projects. They will also be making tv projects based on the Sony MCU characters including Spider-man, Venom, Morbius, Black Cat and Silver Sable.  Lord and Miller said in a statement quote “We are so grateful to everyone at Sony Pictures Television for choosing to partner with us and expand our enduring relationship with the studio,” “Together we aim to make groundbreaking work of the highest quality and integrity, and to place that work in convenient proximity to your eyeballs and ear holes, wherever you may be.”

Captain Marvel actress Brie Larson has been an outspoken advocate for diversity in the movie business. Now she has a few thoughts on creating a more diverse future for the MCU. On Variety’s Big Ticket podcast, Brie responded to host Marc Malkin talking about the notion that he never thought that he’d see an LGBT hero when he was growing up. She responded quote “That breaks my heart to hear that, because there’s no reason,” “I don’t understand how you could think that a certain type of person isn’t allowed to be a superhero. So to me it’s like, we gotta move faster. But I’m always wanting to move faster with this stuff.”“It wasn’t enough for me to just look strong on a poster; it needed to extend further than that,” “I feel like I can’t at the end of the day go to sleep at night if I didn’t do everything that I possibly could.”” Unquote

She also expressed gratitude over Captain Marvel’s success at the box office. Quote “I’m happy to be on the forefront of the normalization of this type of content and to prove once again that representation matters. Diverse storytelling matters, the female experience matters, and these are markers,”. “So it’s something I’ve always known and I think a lot of people always knew, but this is just normalizing.” The next phase is expected to be more diverse with upcoming movies like Shang-Chi, Eternals and Black Panther 2.

Disney is taking full advantage of being the majority owner of Hulu. Disney owns sixty percent of the streaming service.  Today Hulu announced that it’s 28 million subscribers will have the pleasure of seeing Gabriel Luna return to the role of Ghost Rider in a new series. Interestingly enough, he won’t be the same Ghost Rider from Agents of Shield. Also announced Marvel’s Helstrom. Hellstrom is about Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The two use their complicated dynamic, attitude and skills to track down the worst of humanity. Paul Zbyszewski executive producer and showrunner said in the official announcement quote “As a lifelong Marvel fan, I feel incredibly fortunate to help bring this darker, thrilling corner of the comic book universe to life, and I’m just grateful to everyone at Marvel Television and Hulu for the opportunity,” “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”

“We’re thrilled Hulu will be moving into a new—admittedly chilling—corner of the Marvel Universe with GHOST RIDER and HELSTROM. Paul and Ingrid are crafting gripping adventures into fear that live in our SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE cornerstone.”

These two series joining the third season of Marvel’s Runaways, and new animated series M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra and Dazzler and Howard the Duck. The four animated series will join together to become The Offenders.

Sounds fun.

We would like to shout out some congratulations to Heimdall himself, Idris Elba back on April 26th, he tied the not to Sabrina Dhowre. According to the British edition of Vogue, they were married in Morocco. Congrats to the happy couple.

And speaking of happy couples, Surprise. Captain Marvel star Jude Law tied the knot with his fiancee Phillipa Coan on April 30th in a surprise wedding. The couple got wed in London with only a select number of the couples friends and family attending. This is Jude’s second marriage. Congratulations.

DC Comics

I know that most eyeballs have been on Marvel lately, but DC also has news so…

Variety reports that James Gunn’s The  Suicide Squad has added Daniela Melchior for the role of Ratcatcher. This would be a gender swap fro the Batman villain. The member of The Rogues Gallery was a rat catcher who discovered that he could actually control rats and used them to commit crimes. She joins Viola Davis, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney and Idris Elba. Also new to the cast will be Ant-man vet David Dastmalchian who will be taking up the mantle of D list villain Polka Dot Man and John Cena stepping up as Peacemaker. The movie should start filming soon and will hit theaters in August of 2021.

DC is adding another new book to their DC Zoom imprint. The book called Dear Justice League puts the heroes of the DCU answering questions from their biggest fans. The book is written by Michael Northrop and illustrated by Gustavo Duarte DC put up a trailer, lets watch.

https://youtu.be/35tW9oC2fF0

The description for the book is quote The greatest heroes in the DC universe, the Justice League, answer mail from their biggest fans–kids!–courtesy of Michael Northrop, New York Times bestselling author of TombQuest, and artist Gustavo Duarte.Does Superman ever make mistakes? What was Wonder Woman’s eleventh birthday like? Does Aquaman smell like fish? In this new middle-grade graphic novel, iconic heroes are asked questions both big and small, and when they are not busy saving the world, the Justice League even finds time to respond. Their honest and humorous answers will surprise and delight readers of any age, as it turns out that being a superhero is not too different from being a kid.

Full of feats, follies, and colorful illustrations, Dear Justice League gives readers the inside scoop into everyday heroics, no matter who wears the cape!”

Dear Justice League hits stores on August 6th and will retail for $9.99.

Kinda looks interesting.

DC Comics has announced Batman/Superman a new series to be written by Joshua Williamson and featuring art from debut artist David Marquez. The series is a follow up to The Batman Who Laughs miniseries and focuses on a version of Batman from the Dark Multiverse that was corrupted by the Joker toxin and became a villain. Now he has a plan. Williams told the hollywood reporter“We discover, through the Batman Who Laughs series that the Batman Who Laughs have been working on this massive plan since [Dark Nights: Metal],” “What it is is, he has sleeper agents throughout the [DC Universe]. They’ve been infected, and they’re slowly turning into the worst versions of themselves. Some of them know they’re changing, some don’t. Some aren’t aware it’s kind of like a Jekyll and Hyde situation where they’re not aware of [what] the other side is doing. “This is happening to six people — we’ve been calling them the new Secret Six — who have been turned. But who could be turned? Who are they? [Batman and Superman] have to go out and figure it out. But that means spying on other heroes, friends, allies. We talked about the end of The Thing, where it’s the two of them and they’re like, ‘It could be you, it could be me, but now we have to work together.’” He went on to tell the reporter that unraveling the mystery is the core of the book, but the mystery will also spread out to other books.

Sounds like Batman and Superman trying to find the secret cylons, doesn’t it.

Arrow Star Stephen Amell has faced down many a bad guy on Arrow. But the real Amell hates one thing at home. Leaf Blowers. Stephen tood to twitter to voice his frustrations quote “A person in my neighborhood has been blasting a leaf blower on a property that’s under construction for the past 40 minutes. I’m home for the first time in months and I’m wandering around in my undies. Hope your lot is clean FOR NO F****** REASON.” “I can’t even begin to explain how much I hate leaf blowers. I hate leaf blowers just a little less than I love my daughter,” However Elon Musk might have a solution to his dilemma. Elon recently revealed on twitter that quote Tesla is going to develop a quiet, electric leaf blower unquote Stephen tweeted back “I humbly offer you my first born son,” unquote  I don’t know if that’s a even trade. I’m pretty sure Elon can build a son…probably using the leaf blower.

Star Wars

So have you seen the trailer for Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker, if you saw it in the first 24 hours after it was released, you’re not alone. According to a report from Deadline, one hundred eleven million views were recorded by Youtube, that beat out  The Last jedis 91 million viewers and is more than double The Force Awakens numbers. That’s pretty impressive but falls short of the numbers for the trailers for Avengers Infinity War and Endgame which both had more than 238 and 289 million respectively. Still those numbers are Youtube only.

Disney fans watch now! With Disney Plus coming soon there’s now an expiration date on any Disney content still up on the service. Cars 3 leaves on July 31st, CoCo expires on November 29th and Incredibles 2 leaves on July 30th. Star Wars movies The Last Jedi leaves on December 26th, Solo A Star Wars story on July 9th. Marvel movies Guardian of the Galaxy Vol 2: May 5th, Thor Ragnarok on December 6th, Black Panther leaves on March 4th, Avengers Infinity War on June 25th and Ant-man and the Wasp leaves on July 29th. Of course, you can always just buy these movies and support them directly.

And while you watch those movies, Wanna play a blast from the past? Discord has some oldies for you. The company has announced 11 games from the Lucasfilm and Disney archives that will be heading to its Nitro Games subscription service . Revealed so far are Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords

Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Republic Commando

The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis

Knights of the Old Republic one and two are available now The Discord app is free but the Nitro games subscription is 10 dollars a month.

May the 4th as long been known as Star Wars day for years now and now The California State  Assembly has introduced a Resolution declaring May 4, 2019 as “Star Wars Day.”

The Assembly drafted the Resolution in advance of Disneyland’s new “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge”

It reads, in part:

“Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature recognizes the Star Wars franchise upon the celebration of the opening of “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” the largest single site expansion to date of Disneyland Park, and commends the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney Company for their decades-long record of enhancing the quality of life for people in California and beyond; and be it further Resolved, That the Legislature declares May 4, 2019, as Star Wars Day.”

“Star Wars” was created by Modesto native George Lucas. The first film of the franchise was released in 1977.

The Assembly Rules Committee passed ACR 72 Monday by a vote of 10-0.

And speaking of Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s Hollywood Studios put out an open casting call for people to play “gatherers” in Savi’s Workshop inside the land’s Black Spire Outpost.

The casting call read as follows quote

“Gatherers: Warm and inviting; capable of leading a structured interactive

experience. Gatherers have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy. Adept at

engaging authentically with visitors. Though slightly quirky and mysterious, the Gatherer is

always personable and humorous. Good comedic and improvisational instincts. All abilities,

genders and types welcome.”

Your job will be to guide guests in building their own unique lightsabers. You’ll also amaze them with your deep knowledge of the Force and train them to be Jedi’s.

Auditions are being held on Tuesday, May 21 at 4 p.m. at Animal Kingdom rehearsal facility with callbacks will be held May 28 and 29 in Orlando.

Actors should prepare for their audition with the provided script. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.

https://cdn.media.disneyauditions.com/other-files/music/wdw/Kembe-AUDITION_SIDE.pdf

We close Star Wars news on a sad note Peter Mayhew, the original Chewbacca has passed away. The following was posted on his facebook page. Quote

The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away.  He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home.

Peter was the man behind the mask of Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, episode 3 of the prequels, and the New Trilogy. He fought his way back from being wheelchair-bound to stand tall and portray Chewbacca once more in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.  He also consulted on The Last Jedi in an attempt to teach his successor. He put his heart and soul into the role of Chewbacca and it showed in every frame of the films from his knock kneed running, firing his bowcaster from the hip, his bright blue eyes, down to each subtle movement of his head and mouth.  But, to him, the Star Wars family meant so much more to him than a role in a film.

The relationships that began then grew into the friends and family that he would love for decades to come.  As the films released and became more well-known he had his eyes opened to the possibilities of what he could achieve with his role in the Star Wars universe.  For more than 30 years Peter traveled all over the world spending time with his fans and friends. Peter developed lifelong friendships with the other cast members and his fans while on the convention circuit touching the lives of millions.  As he realized over the years the impact he could have, he became heavily involved with the 501st legion, Wounded Warriors, Make-a-Wish, and other non-profit organizations.
 
To this end, he established the Peter Mayhew Foundation, supporting everything from individuals and families in crisis situations to food and supplies for children of Venezuela during their recent road to freedom. He not only provided funds but became personally involved with each individual, family and cause he supported.

As he grew older he continued to “soldier on” as he put it and was completely in his element around his fans and supporters. He grew great strength from the energy of his family, friends and the fans he knew and loved.

He is survived by his wife Angie and three children. His kindness, generosity and care will live on in the Peter Mayhew Foundation with Angie taking the helm as his voice.

There will be a memorial service for friends and family held on June 29th and in early December in Los Angeles there will be a memorial for fans set up with his family in attendance, personal effects, and collection at EmpireConLA. 

For additional information, information on the memorials or to offer condolences email ryan@ReelAppearances.com

Rather than gifts and flowers the family asks that you consider donating to the foundation so that they can continue his efforts to help the community.  You can donate at http://petermayhewfoundation.org/make-a-donation.php

Unquote

I got to see him once at Planet Comicon a few years ago. He was a really nice guy. Our condolences to his family and Star wars fans everywhere.

Star Trek news

CBS and Viacom might be headed towards a reunion. Bloomberg reports that CBS is no longer looking for a permanent successor for former CEO Les Moonves. Instead Joe Ianniello, who was Moonves’s former number 2 will continue as acting CEO till the end of the year.

Bloomberg speculates that this could be signaling that CBS is prepared to merge back with Viacom, as CBS wouldn’t probably be looking for a new CEO while trying to negotiate a deal with Viacom at the same time. A merger would be good for both Viacom and CBS so that they can be on a larger footing to compete with Disney and Warner Media.

On the subject of CBS, Star Trek has announced that it’s launching a Star Trek global franchise group. This new division will manage and maximize the expansion of the Star Trek brand beyond broadcasting and streaming. Including  podcasts, new digital spaces and live experiential events.

Leading this new unit will be Veronica Hart who will serve as Executive Vice President of Star Trek Global Franchise Management. In other words, she’s kind of Alex Kurtzman’s boss. Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. Quote “As we expand the Trekverse, Veronica’s team and Secret Hideout are dedicated to broadening ‘Star Trek’s’ brand reach by amplifying its core values globally: empowerment, inclusion, imagination, and above all, the exceptional storytelling that’s inspired generations of fans,” unquote .

Exceptional storytelling. Exceptional. Storytelling. Let’s just meditate on those words, shall we Alex? Anyway.

And while we’re hoping for exceptional storytelling, CBS Television Studios has announced that it has greenlight a new Star Trek animated series, but not for All Access but for Nickelodeon. The show is seen as an opportunity to get younger kids into Star Trek. The show is being developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman. The as of yet named CG animated show will follow a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation. The series  comes from CBS Eye Animation Productions, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers alongside Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer. In a statement Alex Kurtzman said quote “‘Star Trek’s’ mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” “Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing ‘Trek’ to a younger generation around the world.”

The show joins an adult animated comedy called Lower Decks that will air on All Access.

Star Trek Online is bringing back Jason Isaacs as non Mirror Captain Gabriel Lorca and Reka Sharma as Commander Ellen Landry back to life. Perfect World and Cryptic Studios announced Star Trek Online major update Rise of Discovery will hit servers on PC on May 14th. Players will get to fight alongside the USS Buran and get a look at Landry and Loraca before they joined the crew of the Discovery. The new update will also introduce a brand new reputation and a ship system update that will allow players to level up Tier 6 ships with their characters. Let’s watch the trailer https://youtu.be/OEjGJaxgdgI

Variety reports that Ethan Phillips is joining the cast of a new space comedy for HBO. Avenue 5 comes from Veep creator Armando Iannucci and is described as a space tourism comedy set 40 years in the future. THe show stars Hugh Laurie as the captain of the space cruise ship Avenue 5 and also stars Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Nikki Amuka, Rebecca Front, Lenora Crichlow, and Suzy Nakamura.

Ethan will play a character named Spike Martin, an elderly space enthusiast and former astronaut. Spike is described as quote  “a grizzled womanizer and heavy drinker who is also surprisingly good with kids. Spike thinks he should have a higher status due to his achievements as an astronaut, but not many people know who he is. He often boasts of being the first Canadian to land on Mars, which isn’t strictly true.” unquote

So you finished Season Two of Discovery and thought what to do now. IDW has your answer, a season 2.5 miniseries called Star Trek Discovery Aftermath. The three-issue series comes from previous Discovery mini-series writers Kristen Beyer,  Mike Johnson. With Art by Tony Shasteen. According to Mike Johnson quote “The new series shows how Pike, Spock, L’Rell, and the rest of the cast deal with the fallout from the mind-blowing events of Season Two,” say “And we couldn’t be happier that Tony Shasteen is beaming back onboard for this story!” unquote

Editor Chase Marotz added quote “To be able to follow up on the huge status-quo shift presented in that finale is a dream come true, especially with a team as talented as Kirsten, Mike, and Tony,”. “In terms of fitting into the broader universe presented in Discovery, this new series is perhaps our most essential yet, and I can’t wait for everybody to see what we’ve got in store for them.” Unquote

You know, one thing we haven’t heard much about lately is Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek project.  It was assigned to screenwriter Mark L Smith in December of 2017 and since than all has been quiet on that front.  However Quinten was asked about it by Slash Film quote : I feel like I have to ask this even though I don’t know if you’ll want to answer. But are you going to make a Star Trek movie? Is there any truth to that?

Quinten : It’s a very big possibility. I haven’t been dealing with those guys for a while cause I’ve been making my movie. But we’ve talked about a story and a script. The script has been written and when I emerge my head like Punxsutawney Phil, post-Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, we’ll pick up talking about it again. Unquote

Once Upon a Time will be released this summer, so i guess only time will tell.

Nichelle Nichols is on the final leg of her convention farewell tour. Her final appearance is set for May 2020 and Nichelle would like to ttel her life story with a biographical documentary titled Breaking Barriers. With the help of Atomic Network, An Indiegogo campaign has been launched to assist with financing the production.The campaign has a goal of  $25,000, it’s about half way there with only a few days left in the campaign. If you’d like to donate as little as $5 just look up the campaign on Indiegogo or find the link in our show notes. The campaign ends on the tenth.

Geek News

Game of Thrones is busy on it’s wind down tour. The cast is making a good pay day for these last 6 episodes. According to IndieWire, Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau each received $500,000 per episode, while co-stars Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright each received $175,000 per episode. I take half those paychecks anyday.

Netflix has killed it’s zombie comedy The Santa Clarita Diet. The third season just dropped a couple of months ago.  This came has a bit of shock as it seemed to be one of Netflix’s tentpole properties. In a statement, Netflix said, “The world had never known a ‘zom-com’ until Santa Clarita Diet, and we’re indebted to creator Victor Fresco for bringing this idea to Netflix,” “To their endless credit, the incredible Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant were totally game, with an uncanny knack for comedy that brought Sheila and Joel Hammond to vibrant life, even though one of them was undead. We’re grateful to Victor, Drew, and Timothy, along with fellow executive producers Tracy Katsky, Aaron Kaplan, Chris Miller and Ember Truesdell and the terrific cast, including Liv Hewson and Skyler Gisondo, and crew for three hilarious seasons for Netflix members to discover for years to come.”

Stars Timothy Oliphant and Drew Barrymore responded in a statement to the Hollywood reporter. Drew Barrymore said quote Of all of the characters I’ve ever been, Sheila Hammond is one of my favorites,”  “She and Joel were an amazing couple, who had shared goals. And I am lucky to have worked alongside Tim Olyphant. It was an honor to get to do something so delightful. Sheila lives forever in me. And I am grateful to Victor Fresco, who created a world so unique.” unquote

Timothy Oliphant in his statement said quote “I loved working on this show. I’m going to continue coming in and doing scenes. If they don’t want to film it, that’s up to them.” unquote

The Nintendo 3DS is at its End of Life. Nintendo has  confirmed that it has nothing new to announce regarding first-party software for the Nintendo 3DS. And while there’s still new software from third-party publishers in the pipeline, it looks like Nintendo is moving on. The 3DS first came out in 2011. It was not as big of a seller as its predecessor, it still was well received by fans. Of course, given that the Nintendo Switch is both a handheld and a home console system kind of made the 3DS obsolete. Farewell 3DS.

The Critters are back. The film series which debut with the first Critters movie in 1986 starring Dee Wallace and M. Emmet Walsh. Critters featured creatures from outer space that were cute looking but had rows and rows of sharp teeth that land on Earth as they attempt to escape intergalactic bounty hunters. It’s had many sequels including a new one Critters Attack! Which is the fifth film in the series. It will debut on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 23rd.

Here’s the description quote “Dee Wallace (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial), who starred in the original Critters as Helen Brown, will sink her teeth into the franchise for a second time in the mysterious role of Aunt Dee. Inspired by the film series from the ’80s and ’90s, Critters follows 20-year-old Drea (Tashiana Washington), who reluctantly takes a job babysitting for a professor of a college she hopes to attend. Struggling to entertain the professor’s children Trissy (Ava Preston) and Jake (Jack Fulton), along with her own little brother Phillip (Jaeden Noel), Drea takes them on a hike, unaware that mysterious alien critters have crash-landed and started devouring every living thing they encounter. “While being tracked by the ravenous critters, Drea and the kids encounter an adorable, seemingly harmless female critter named Bianca, an exiled royal fleeing the critter race. As the critters converge on the college campus, Drea and the kids, who are now inextricably linked to Bianca, rush to head them off. Will Drea discover her inner badass, and will it be enough to stop the critter onslaught? And is the critter princess as innocent as she seems?” unquote

Well that sounds like…something.

Paramount is moving forward with its live adaptation of Rugrats by hiring Diary of a wimpy kid director David Bowers. The adaptation of the 90’s cartoon is set to be a live action and CGI hybrid. With the babies done in CGI and the adults being live action. No other details are available. CGI babies, sounds really creepy.

And while we’re on cartoons being made into movies, Warner Bros is bringing Tom and Jerry to the movies and they are in talks with Chloe Grace Moretz to star in the film. Just like Rugrats this would be a live action animated hybrid movie. Chloe would be playing the part of Kayla an employee at the hotel that Jerry movies into during a glamorous wedding. Kayla hires Tom  to take out Jerry and hilarity ensues?

The twenty fifth James Bond movie is….taking its sweet time. However, we have a little news about the casting. No title yet, but we did get word via a promotional video that Rami Malek will play the villain of the picture. Also we got some plot details, According to producer Barbara Broccoli quote “He’s enjoying himself in Jamaica,”unquote Barbara also added that the production has built an “extraordinary” house for the famous agent and his license to kill. The description of the movie is that quote  “[Bond’s] peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.” Unquote.

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