Show Notes: Episode 60: What Comes After Picard & Episode 61: Howard the Duck Gets No Respect

Tonight! Picard comes back big,Obi-Wan goes back to the hanger and the Peacock is coming. All this and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 60 of Multiverse Tonight!

Have you seen Star Trek Picard. Here’s a non spoiler review. It felt well put together, a lot of what I thought happened. Especially in regards to Data. One of the few gripes I have was the theme music was…well…let me just put it this way. I don’t think anyone is going to be humming this tune. But I’m very interested to see where the show goes, I hear that the first three episodes act as the pilot episode in whole.

Star Trek

We start  Star Trek news with Picard’s Jeri Ryan, the actress talked with GamesRadar about how Seven of Nine has changed since the last we saw of her and what she thinks of Picard quote “I wouldn’t say there’s a huge affinity because Seven’s gotten pretty jaded over the last 20 years,” “She’s seen a lot of bad stuff, and she’s very much hardened from when we saw her 20 years ago. The universe has kind of gone to hell in a handbasket and she holds Starfleet and the Federation in a large part responsible for that. Initially, I think she sort of sees Picard as a representative of that, so she’s not in ‘idol worship/he’s a hero’ mode when we first meet her. I think that makes it more interesting.”

GamesRadar also spoke with the other major Borg character on the Picard Show,  Jonathan Del Arco. He told them Quote “In the story you’ll see it’s a very logical conclusion to where Hugh ends up,” But what I didn’t know were the circumstances of the world or how that affected how he ended up. He’s changed so much physically, and emotionally, and grown up like other people grow up. How many people do you know from high school who are the same in their forties and 50s? Not many. But I wanted for the audience to have a thread because he was beloved as who he was.” Unquote

The also asked what he thinks his character has been doing since we last saw him in Descent parts one and two? quote  “There’s lots of novels about what happened to the Borg and possible stories that could have developed,” “So [creating Hugh’s backstory] was a combination of talking to producers that had deep knowledge on the canon, but also some of my own imagination, because you know when you’re an actor you don’t have to tell anybody how you got there – you could make up anything you want in your head!” unquote I’m looking forward to seeing who their stories unfold in this season.

Patrick Stewart’s been on a press blitz promoting Picard and one stop was The Graham Norton Show ,while there he told the story about the time he was caught by a room service waiter, watching himself in an episode of The Next Generation. Quote “I don’t look for it, but occasionally I’ll happen upon it,” “There was one night in a hotel when I was flicking through the channels and there was an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, so I watched it for a few minutes, and I got hooked.

“Then the waiter came in with my room service order and he looked at me, then looked at the television and I thought, ‘He is going to go away and tell the entire kitchen that it was the saddest thing he had ever seen – this guy upstairs alone, having room service and watching himself’.” unquote Well Patrick, if you don’t watch yourself who will?

And we will be seeing much more of Sir Patrick and Star Trek Picard as the series has already earned  a renewal for Season two, but this time it’ll be with a new showrunner, Terry Matalas will be taking up the reins for the next season, Mr. Matalas previously was the showrunner for Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, but he’s not new to Trek having worked as a production assistant for Voyager and enterprise. 

Show writer Michael Chabon sat down for an interview with Rolling Stone,in the interview he laid down his Trek Bona Fides. Such as how he and his wife both got into the next Generation. He also talked about a dinner he had with Rick Berman quote I had dinner with [Next Generation showrunner] Rick Berman a few weeks ago. I said something like, “Oh, it was so remarkable that they cast such a great actor, and someone who was so well-known on the England stage.” He said, “You have to remember, when we started that show, we actually cast two really well-known, talented actors: LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, who had been in Stand By Me.” That was the casting coup of The Next Generation in the beginning. It was viewed as: They got LeVar Burton and Wil Wheaton, who was this hot, young actor. Patrick Stewart was so unknown at that time, he wasn’t viewed as a coup in the sense that he was, say, when they cast him to play Professor X. unquote He also discussed about what it’s like writing for the Next Generation characters. And how it was to write for an older Picard quote It’s incredible, the things he does over the course of the season. Because it’s not just him playing the Picard that you know when you think of Picard. He’s playing Picard who’s decades older, has been through a lot, has aged physically, is looking at his life in the way that someone who’s middle-aged wouldn’t. In canon in our story, Picard is I believe 92. So he’s older than Patrick is, but someone who’s been alive that long, looking at his life, is going to be behaving very differently than someone who’s however old Patrick was when he started doing TNG. Patrick had all of that. He presents the character of Picard very much as the same guy. And yet, he’s changed, inevitably. He’s older, he’s wiser, he’s sadder, he has more regrets and more to regret. All of that just emerged on day one of shooting. Unquote It’s a very long interview, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.rollingstone.com/tv/tv-features/star-trek-picard-michael-chabon-interview-937028/

One of the best parts of the series premiere of Picard was Jean-Luc’s dog Number One. I have a feeling we won’t see much of him until the end of the season, since I’m sure Picard is going on the road in the next episoe or two. On the Picard after show The ready room with host Wil Wheaton,  Showrunner and Executive Producer Michael Chabon talked about how they came to give the Bulldog his name. Quote “Pretty early on,” “As soon as the first draft was getting written I think it appeared at that point. It’s meant to be…it’s an Easter egg, and it’s cute and charming, but there’s something also kind of poignant about it, to me at least. He doesn’t have a Number 1, those days are behind him. Riker’s long gone in his life and there’s almost something sort of touching that he’s trying to recreate in the form of a dog, which is not a bad thing to try to do. (It’s) So much that he’s lost, so much that he’s left behind.” unquote 

We might have a special guest star already lined up for Picard season 2. While appearing on The View to promote the show, Sir Patrick said this to host Whoppi Goldburg quote “Something that I need to bring up. I’m here with a formal invitation – and it’s for you, Whoopi. Alex Kurtzman, who is the senior executive producer of ‘Star Trek: Picard’, and all of his colleagues (of which I am one), want to invite you into the second season.” unquote The crowd applauded and Whoppi responded with a big quote “Yes!” quote https://twitter.com/TheView/status/1220028276879568897?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1220028276879568897&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcomicbook.com%2Fstartrek%2F2020%2F01%2F22%2Fstar-trek-patrick-stewart-invites-whoopi-goldberg-picard-season-2-guinan%2F

It’ll be good to see Gunian back in Picard’s life. 

CBS’s day at the Winter 2020 TV Critics Association Press Tour gave us some jaw dropping news nuggets, specifically that there are two more live action projects in the pipeline. Now of course, there is nothing to indicate what these two projects are, though speculation seems to hover around a StarFleet Academy series and a Pike’s Enterprise show bringing back Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn for the further adventures of the characters .

These two new shows would be in addition to the Section 31 show, which is still in active development. 

So where are the Discovery season 3 and the animated Lower Decks? TrekCore got to ask producer Heather Kadin about the shows and she revealed that both should be ready to go by May. As to which one goes first, that’s up to the All Access execs. And Might I suggest to these execs, if they wanna keep me paying for all access after picard is over, you might wanna put out Lower Decks. Just saying.

Well if looks like the Kelvin timeline just might be dead. As Director Noah Hawley has told The Hollywood reporter that his project will be an original story with a new cast. Quote“To call it Star Trek IV [the placeholder the trades have been using] is kind of a misnomer. I have my own take on the franchise as a lifelong fan.”

“Yeah, I think so. Yeah. It’s early days. I don’t know. But new characters often involve new cast.”  As an example of what he plans to do he told them quote It’s William Shatner putting on his reading glasses and lowering Khan’s shields, which cost like $9.50. There’s no big action sequence. He’s just more clever, there’s something really uplifting about that feeling. I went to Paramount and just had my own ideas for what I wanted to do with it. So that’s the direction that I’m going in. It’s still very early days, so I can’t really be more specific. But it’s going to be different. Unquote 

In a different interview with Deadline he said quote “I have my own story and want to make sure as I did with Fargo and Legion that I’m respectful to the underlying material. That I’m not unintentionally changing things that people love or feel passionate about. So, it’s important to do that research as I go.” unquote

So it sounds like we’re actually gonna see something original on the big screen. No rehashes of old episodes, we’re gonna leave the Enterprise crew behind and tell a story that’s just set in the Star Trek Universe.  Good idea. Especially now that it seems that the Tarantino movie is still up in the air.

I guess we’ll just have to watch and see.

Deep Space Nine is getting some comics love. IDW has announced that a new Star Trek Deep Space Nine miniseries called Too Long a Sacrifice will be out in April.  The series is being written by David and Scott Tipton and will have artwork by Greg Scott. It’s being described as a noir thriller centering around Odo. David Tipton said in a press release quote “Set during the most difficult hours of the Dominion War, Too Long a Sacrifice shows the station during trying times: a series of mysterious and seemingly unsolvable terrorist attacks just as the war has everyone strained to the breaking point,” “We’ll get to see the darker side of life on the station as Odo leads the investigation, with increasingly desperate conditions forcing him and others to deal with new and unexpected allies and to use unusual tactics in their efforts to stop the attacks.” unquote  Scott Tipton added quote “We’re so excited to return to the world of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. With its ‘frontier setting’ and precarious place in the galaxy, Deep Space Nine offers the opportunity to tell truly unique tales of intrigue and suspense. Combine that with one of the best character ensembles ever assembled, and you get something no other Star Trek series can offer.” unquote 

Star Trek Deep Space nine Too Long a Sacrifice number one will be available with various covers including Ricardo Drumond and JK Woodward as well as a photo variant. Look for it in April.

Looks like we’re one step closer to the Star Trek biobed. Nanox, a company out of Israel has created a medical machine called the Nanox Arc. It resembles the Star Trek biobed and promises to make medical scanning available to people around the world at a significantly lower cost. Instead of a huge CT machine, The acr is a portable bed. Ran Poliakine, founder and CEO of Nanox told Digital Trends quote “Nanox has achieved the world’s first commercial-grade digital X-ray source, without the use of heat,” “This X-ray device enables pulsating electron beams, versus the continuous radiation of X-rays used today. Building a silicon-based ‘electron nano gun’, placed on a silicon chip, has made Nanox’s method more efficient than the traditional way of heat-based filaments.” unquote

Basically since the device doesn’t need to produce heat, the device can be made seventy to ninety percent smaller, reducing the cost. Nanox believes that this could make medical imaging more accessible to people around the world.

As to its resemblance to the Star Trek biobed, it’s not a coincidence Polkaine told digital trends quote “The Starfleet’s unsung hero allowed doctors to assess and diagnose their patients in minutes, and allowed them to conduct any medical imaging scan necessary, efficiently,” “The biobed served multiple purposes, and that is exactly what we are aiming to achieve. We want the Arc to be accessible, portable, easy to operate and focus on what’s important: the patient.” unquote  

Star Wars

Rumors of the Obi Wan series demise are a bit premature.  Apparently on the January seventeenth rumors started being spread about that the plug had been pulled on the Ewan McGregor led Disney Plus series. Reports appear to have traced this rumor back to a parody Twitter account. Comic Book dot com reports that sources close to the production say that it has not been cancelled. But is going back to the drawing board. Unknown Sources have told the Hollywood reporter that the story has been scrapped and a new writer is being sought to write the series. The source also indicated that it might go from a six part series to a four part series. Star Ewan McGregor told  IGN that filming would shift to next year quote “It’s just slid to next year, that’s all. The scripts were really good,” “Now that Episode IX came out and everyone at Lucasfilm has got more time to spend on the writing, they felt they wanted more time to write the episodes.” unquote I’m guessing that the Star Wars franchise will continue being more of a tv franchise for the near future. Probably just putting out a new movie project every couple of years.

The Rise of Skywalker has finally passed the one billion dollar mark, twenty eight days after being released in theaters. This was slower than Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which took 12 and 19 days respectively. Now while this shows a trend, I don’t think the Walt Disney company is worried, after all the only Star Wars film that really didn’t do as expected was Solo. 

Let’s take a quick look at the box office for this past weekend. https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/2020W04/?ref_=bo_wey_table_1

Composer extraordinaire John Williams walked away from the Grammys with his twenty fifth career Grammy Award Victory. Mister Williams won the Best Instrumental Composition Grammy for the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge Symphonic Suite, that he created for the theme park. I’d like to offer him my congratulations, if he’d like to write me a theme song, …

Taika Waititi is a busy man, lots of plates to spin, he acts and he directs including in The mandalorian. So naturally rumors would get started that he might be working on a Star Wars movie. Taika’s response to these Rumors? On twitter he put up the cover of Fleetwood Mac’s album, also called Rumors. Funny.  Well I guess we can never actually say never, one day he might have some free time and I’m sure lucasfilm would love to have him do some work.

Geek

Hulu’s Senior VP of originals speaking at the Winter Television Critics Association press tour spoke about The Orville’s upcoming third season quote “The Orville has a very loyal following on Hulu so when there was an opportunity to bring a new season to our viewers we jumped at it, I will see the first episode next week. We’ll monitor and evaluate the show as it goes, unquote So that sounds like Orville fans need to have a strong showing to make sure we get a season four. Now if they’d just tell us WHEN to show up…

Could the Merovingian be returning to the Matrix? French website AlloCine reports that actor Lambert Wilson, who appeared in the matrix reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as the plot advancing program is currently in negotiations to return to the fourth Matrix movie. If he does return he would just stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul Mateen II, Jessica Henick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris,Eréndira Ibarra, Max Riemelt, and Toby Onwumere. Production on the movie is scheduled to start next month in Chicago and would be released May twenty first of 2021.

The new branch of the United States Military the US. Space Force revealed it’s uniforms on it’s official twitter and it’s got fans scratching it’s head. There are the normal things like the flag, the patch for the service and stuff like that. The confusing thing is that they decided to use woodland camouflage for the uniform. Is the Force planning on invading Endor? Wouldn’t Blue or Black make more sense? Let’s just hope this is a temporary choice.

It looks like we are getting a third National Treasure movie from Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer. The script will be written by Bad Boys for Life screenwriter Chris Bremner, who also will be writing the fourth Bad Boys movie.

National Treasure is a couple of movies starring Nicolas Cage as Treasure hunter, Benjamin Franklin Gates, the first one came out in 2004 and the sequel came out in 2007. No word on when their looking at putting out the third one.

NBC Universal has released details on it’s Peacock streaming service. First off Comcast‘s Xfinity x1 and Flex video platforms will get it on April fifteenth, it will than come out nationally on July fifteenth. There will be three different versions quote A free, ad-supported one; a more robust, ad-supported one that will be free to Comcast and Cox Cable subscribers, and $5 for everyone else; and an offering with no ads that is $5 for Comcast and Cox subscribers and $10 for everyone else. Unquote Free will have quote “next-day access to current seasons of freshman broadcast series, a range of film and TV titles but only select episodes of marquee Peacock originals and tentpole series. It will also feature curated Peacock streaming genre channels like SNL Vault, Family Movie Night and Olympic Profiles.” unquote The Paid version will have everything free has plus quote “adds full-season Peacock originals and tentpole series and next-day access to current seasons of returning broadcast shows. It also throws in early access to late night titles like the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and sports attractions like exclusive Premiere League soccer matches, Olympic programming” unquote  The service will have about 600 movies and 400 series I don’t know, I think I’ll just stick with the free version.

The mouse kills the fox, the mouse mills the fox, high ho the derry o the mouse kills the fox. In a step meant to symbolize Disney’s take over of the 20th century fox studio. You will no longer see films from 20th Century Fox or Fox searchlight Pictures. Instead it’ll be 20th century studios and Searchlight Pictures. The tv side is currently unchanged, but it’s expected that a renaming will occur soon. The logos will be the same, just without the word Fox.

Finally we remember The son of author JRR Tolkien, Christopher Tolkien. Christopher was born in November of 1924 and assisted his father with his work on the lord of the rings, he even edited the companion book The Silmarillion after his father died in 1973. 

He would go on to edit dozens of other books by his father and Geoffrey Chaucer. He also wrote a book of his own called The Battle of the Goths and The Huns. He served as chairman of the Tolkien Estate Ltd until 2017. He was critical of The Lord of the Rings movies saying quote “They gutted the book, making an action film for 15 to 25-year-olds.” 

He spent the rest of his life in France where he passed away at the age of 95 on January sixteenth, 2020.  He is survived by his second wife, their two children and a son from his first marriage. 

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EPISODE 61

Tonight! MODOK goes on but Howard The Duck does not, Joker, Joker, Joker and we remember a legendary Python and much more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.  Episode 61. And I thank you for being here. You might not know it, but you help keep me busy, which helps keep me sane. I like others suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder during the winter and keeping busy helps to keep the depressive feelings at bay. Thank you, could you do me a favor though? Could you recommend Multiverse Tonight to a friend for me? You don’t have to shout it from the mountain tops, just one friend, someone who you think will like geeky news, presented plain and simple. Thank you, now let’s go on to the news.

Marvel

Chris Hemsworth is teaming up with the National Geographic Channel for a new series called Limitless. The series was announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. The series is about superhuman feats. The science series looks at groundbreaking biotech and other ways we can unlock the body’s secret superpowers for a longer better life. Chris Hemsworth said  Quote “Basically, I was somehow convinced to volunteer myself as a human guinea pig and endure a series of mental and physical challenges across the globe, all for the sake of science,” Hemsworth explained. “We’re hoping to shed some light on new ideas and emerging science with the focus on extending a healthy life span. Production starts soon, so wish me luck.” unquote No word on when this will air.

Marvel has a new X-Men comic coming this April. Children of the Atom will be a new ongoing series. Writer Vita Ayala and artist Bernard Chang bring us this new team book with a new squad of super heroes that will turn the X-Men’s World upside down. No details about the cast of the book have been announced yet.

M.O.D.O.K. has a cast. The new Hulu animated series will star Patton Oswalt in the lead role as the (Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing) who has been ousted from both his evil organization and his family, plus he’s suffering from a midlife crisis. Joining Patton will be Aimee Garcia as Jodie, MODOK’s wife and the mother of his children, Ben Schwartz as lou, MODOK’s twelve year old son, Melissa Fumero as Melissa, MODOK’S seventeen year old daughter, Wendi McLendon-Covey from The Goldbergs will be Monica, a mad scientist at AIM and Modoks rival, Beck Bennet as Austin Van Der Sleet, MODOKS new boss. Jon Daly as Super Adaptoid, A snarky android with ambitions to live, feel and create, but is instead forced to spend his days massaging the hoverchair sores on his creator M.O.D.O.K.’s scalp and Sam Richardson as Gary, a henchman at AIM who is fiercely loyal to MODOK even if MODOK struggles to remember his name.

Executive Producer Jordan Blum said about this cast in the press release quote “I’m blown away by our insanely talented and hilarious voice cast, who have all brought their specific kind of magic to this weird and wonderful corner of the Marvel Universe.” unquote 

Howard the Duck is dead. Not the character, but the show. This seems to be part of a house cleaning at Marvel Television as it transitions from Jeph Loeb to Kevin Feige. Howard the Duck joins Tigra & Dazzler on the death pile. The other two shows in the HULU and Marvel animated line up MODOK and Hit Monkey are still in the works, no word on what will happen to The Offenders crossover, but it’s probably gone too.  Marvel and HULU declined comment. I’d feel sorry for Kevin Smith losing Howard the Duck, but he still has plenty of other irons in the fire, so he has plenty of future endeavors. 

Marvels Iron Man VR game has been delayed a few months from February to May. The game’s developer Camouflaj revealed the delay in a tweet. Quote In order to deliver on our vision and meet the high expectations of our amazing community, we’ve made the difficult decision to move Marvel’s Iron Man VR to a May 15, 2020 release. We truly appreciate your patience and understanding. You’ll be hearing from us again soon! Unquote

The PS4 exclusive game was revealed last March and will put the player inside Tony’s helmet via the players VR headset and will see Tony’s past as an arms dealer come back to haunt him in the form of Ghost from Ant-man & The Wasp. 

Now for some quick hits.

The Falcon & The Winter Soldier has added actor Noah Mills to the cast, Noah is known for roles in NBC’s The Enemy Within and The Brave. The series will premiere on Disney Plus in August.

Disney has officially started work on Captain Marvel 2. According to the Hollywood reporter , the studio has almost locked down Megan McDonnal , a staff writer on WandaVision for the much anticipated sequel. But t is supposed to take place in present day No release date or subtitle has been given for the movie. You’ll remember the first Captain Marvel made 1.13 billion dollars world wide.

Speaking of Marvel projects in the pipeline. Marvel’s Disney Plus She Hulk series will start filming this July in Atlanta according to a production notice 

DC

We begin DC News with Joker.

Joker got huge nominations from the Oscars. Getting nominations for actor in a leading role for Joaquin Phoenix, achievement in cinematography, costume design, directing for Todd Phillips, film editing for Jeff Groth, Makeup and Hairstyling for Nicki Leadermann and Kay Georgiou, original score for Hildur Guonadottir, best film, sound editing for Alan Robert Murray, sound mixing and screenplay. There were other geeky nominations, but I’ll highlight those in the geek news. 

Now an interesting fact as emerged. Joker editor Jeff Groth revealed to Collider that Bradley Cooper had a hand in editing the film. quote”We kept this one pretty close to us. We screened it more personally for people and filmmakers,”. “Bradley Cooper definitely came in a couple of times. He was a producer on the movie, but he definitely watched the movie many times and sat with us. We could call him if we got stuck with something and be like, ‘Hey, can you come over and take a look at things?’” unquote If Jeff wins, I think he owes Bradley big, don’t you?

Speaking of the Joker, 2020 marks his 80th anniversary. The character, debuted in 1940’s Batman number one. To celebrate, DC is putting out The Joker 80th anniversary 100 page super spectacular in April. The comic will feature a number of original stories from Denny O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Jock, Mikel Janin and current Batman series writer James Tynion IV, all with a cover from former Batman and Metal artist Greg Capullo. The release will also have variant covers showcasing the Joker’s look from each decade. It’ll be out on April 29th for $9.99.

There will be more than one. HBO Max’s Head of Original Content Sarah Aubrey revealed at the tca press tour that quote “Greg [Berlanti] said that I can share a few little tidbits about Green Lantern. We’re in the early stages of talking to him about it, but he did say that the series, so far, will span several decades and focus on the origin story of two major Green Lanterns from Earth, while going into the story in space and Green Lantern favorite character Sinestro.” unquote  As to what green lanterns those will be is unknown right now. Just don’t make the suit animated. Simpler is better.

Karen Gillian would love to do a DC movie. While the actress was promoting Jumani The Next Level in Brazil, Karen was asked if she had her pick what comic book character would she like to be involved with next/ quote Batgirl would be cool for that, as well. My favorite film in that world, my favorite one is The Dark Knight. I just love the way that one is directed so much. So, I would just love to work in that world, as a director. Come on, DC. Look over this way.” unquote 

The lack of Joker in the new Birds of Prey movie was a choice according to star and producer Margot Robbie. The actress told comic book dot com at a press event quote “It was either going to be a complete Harley and Joker story or Joker has got to be out of the picture,” “I really wanted to see Harley in a girl gang and I felt there was a huge gap in the market for a girl gang ensemble action film. I felt like no one was doing that and I couldn’t understand why, especially a comic book movie.” “From the very beginning it was a conscious choice of they have to be broken up at this stage,” “I have a whole backstory in my head [of] what’s happened between what you saw at the end of Suicide Squad and what you see at the beginning of Birds of Prey.”

Birds of Prey and the fantabulous emancipation of one Harley Quinn come to theaters on February seventh.

Geek

Oscar Issac is set to star in and produce and Adaptation of Brian K Vaughan Eisner award winning  comic Ex Machina It’ll be titled The Great Machine according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The script is being  written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. Oscar will be producing along with his manager and producer Jason Spire.

The comic it’s based on first came out in 2004 and ran for 50 issues under the Wildstorm Imprint. Centering on Mitchell Hundred an ex superhero who became mayor of New York after 9/11. Hundred has the power to talk to machines. Oscar Issac will play Mr. Hundred. Ironically, Oscar Issac was in a movie called Ex Machina a few years ago. That’s why the name was changed to the Great Machine. No release date has been announced.

The animation awards also known as the Annie’s have been handed out. Netflix’s Klaus won Best Feature,Best Direction,Best Editorial,  Best Production design, feature, Best Storyboarding, Best Character Designand Best Character Animation freature, Netflix also picked up teh Best Indie Feature award for I lost My Body, Xilam it also won Best Music and Best Writing for a feature, How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming won Best Special prodution, BoJack Horesman episode The Client won Best TV/Media General Audience. Netflix’s Love, Death and Robots won Best FX for TV/Media and Best Music TV?Media and Frozen 2 won the same award for features it also got Best Voice Acting, His Dark materials picke up the award for Best Character Animation TV/Media, Best Character Animation Live Action went to Avengers Endgame, Bob’s Burgers won Best Voice Acting for TV 

Warner Bros Animation’s animated movie Mortal Kombat Legends Scorpion’s revenge has added Joel Mchale as Johnny Cage and Jennifer Carpenter as Sonya Blade. They will be joining Jordan Rodrigues as Lui Kang; Patrick Seitz as Scorpion and Hanzo Hasashi; Steve Blum as Sub-Zero; Artt Butler as Shang Tsung; Darin De Paul as Quan Chi; Robin Atkin Downes as Kano; David B. Mitchell as Raiden; Ike Amadi as Jax Briggs; Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro; Grey Griffin as Kitana and Satoshi Hasashi; and Fred Tatasciore as Demon Torturer. The film will come out in the first half of this year. A new live action Mortal Kombat movie is due out next year.

And finally tonight, It’s with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of a legend of comedy, Monty Python member Terry Jones. He passed away several years after having contracted a rare form of dementia called frontotemporal dementia or FTD that impaired his ability to speak and communicate. He was born in Wales on February first 1942. He’s best known for Monty Python, writing and performing. A few of his most memorable characters include Mr. Creosote in Monty Python’s the Meaning of Life and Sir Bedevere in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Cardinal Biggles the airplane cap wearing member of the Spanish Inquisition.

He would go on to direct films such as Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life. He also wrote and directed lots of other projects including the 1989 movie Erik the Viking. He also had a love for medieval and ancient history, writing books and hosting shows like Terry Jones Medieval Lives and terry Jones Barbarians. He is survived by his wife Anna, his two sons and daughter. He was 77.

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Show Notes Episode 58:Trading the Fox for a Peacock & Episode 59: Joaquin away with the Awards

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Tonight! Everyone has an opinion of The Rise of Skywalker, William Shatner does a good dead and Seth MacFarlane goes to the birds on the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to episode 58 of Multiverse Tonight. 

Finally saw the Rise of Skywalker last night, so here’s my review. It’s very very very good. It’s not the worse, it’s not the best. Just very very very good. I was very happy with how they wrapped up the Skywalker Saga. There are, of course, a fair amount of plot holes that every Star Wars film has had. But if there weren’t than it wouldn’t be a Star wars movie. All those movies have plot holes. No matter who made them.  Anyway…

Star Wars

In episode two of The Mandalorian, the hero finds himself at the mercy of Jawas who have destroyed his vessel, in order to get his ship parts back, he must make a deal with them to bring the egg of a Mudhorn back to the Jawas. The Mudchorn resembles a modern rhino, but it looks like it might be based on something even older. A fan on the Nature is Metal subreddit, noted that it actually seemed to be inspired by an ancestor of the rhino, the Elasmotherium also called the Siberian unicorn. The creature existed between 2.6 million and 29,000 years ago. The remains of the beast have been found across Eastern Europe and all the way down to China with a large concentration in Kazakhstan.

Season two of The Mandalorian has been confirmed with new episodes in the works for fall of this year.

So you want more of The Child aka Baby Yoda. How bout some coloring? Vulture has partnered with illustrator Martin Gee to create a six scene coloring book that you can download https://www.vulture.com/2020/01/baby-yoda-coloring-book.html?utm_source=tw&utm_campaign=nym&utm_medium=s1

From Vulture dot com, we will have a link to it in our show notes.

Speaking of Baby Yoda. We know that’s not his name, but neither is The Child. Director and actor taika Waititi speaking with the New York Times at the Golden Globe Awards confirmed that he has a name, but he isn’t saying what it is. He said quote “He’s not named Baby Yoda!”. There is a name yet to be revealed, and Taika knows it but won’t hint. “I’ll wait for Favreau to give that away.”

So balls in your court Favreau, the longer you hold on to this secret the more the name “Baby Yoda” will stick.

Well I guess while we wait for that, we have the seventh and last season of The Clone Wars. The series will be debuting on Disney plus on February seventeenth. The series first debuted on Cartoon Network back in 2008.

The reviews of The Rise of Skywalker have been mixed, it’s Rotten Tomatoes score is 54 percent and it dropped nearly 60 percent from week one to week two. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner gave his opinion of the film on Twitter saying quote #RiseofSkywalker is an acceptable film, a lot of story and fan delights but somewhat emotionless, while #TheMandolorian on @disneyplus establishes show creator @Jon_Favreau as the new George Lucas which @RobertIger had the foresight to declare. “Daisy Ridley played Rey throughout the film with one expression: awe/fear until the very end of the film when she reveals her name,” “That’s what I meant by a film that somewhat lacked emotion.

“In my previous comment I didn’t mean to suggest that #DaisyRidley acted poorly,” “On the contrary, she was excellent. The choice of attitude for Rey was intended and seems to fall on the philosophy of the character.” unquote Well, to each their own. Maybe they’ll put out a director’s cut?

Actor Dominic Monaghan thinks that a director’s cut of The rise of Skywalker would be a good idea. Talking with the Hollywood Reporter he said quote “Like a lot of Star Wars fans, I’m hoping there will be a director’s cut so we’ll get to see more and more of the stuff that was filmed,” “I wasn’t there all the time, but even in the short time that I was there, there was so much stuff filmed that didn’t make it to the theatrical version…. Oh, man, there was so much stuff!” Monaghan even alluded to a cutscene that involved his character that found its way to the cutting room floor. “Another thing that we will hopefully see at some point in the future is that in the final battle, Connix injures her leg,” “Obviously, myself, Rose and Connix are exiting the battle, and Rose has a weapon. While Rose is busy doing stuff, I grab Connix’s arm and put it over my shoulder to make sure that all of us come back as unscathed as possible.” unquote there is a lot more to his interview at the hollywood reporter I’ll include a link in the show notes.https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/star-wars-dominic-monaghan-wants-rise-skywalker-director-s-cut-1266205

So before we go on Let’s take a look at this past weekends box office. 

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/2020W02/?ref_=bo_wey_table_1

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/release/rl3305145857/?ref_=bo_wey_table_2

Star Trek

Well now that the Skywalker Saga is over what could Daisy Ridley and Jon Boyega  to do…..maybe another sci fi franchise? The two spoke with Yahoo! And they were asked if the might be willing to join the Star Trek franchise. Daisy Ridley replied quote”I would do a Star Trek,” “I need a job. I’m unemployed, hello!” John Boyega had a different reaction quote “They’re talking too much, the last Star Trek was. Space Law & Order.” uquote  Yahoo did ask Oscar Issac the same question at a different interview and he told them that he would be open to the opportunity because he was a quote space slut unquote just like director JJ Abrams. 

William Shatner did a good deed over Christmas. TMZ reports that the actor visited his local Los Angeles Police Department precinct station with corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, bagels, lox, and cream cheese to help feed the officers on duty on Christmas Day. Shater than reportedly thanked them, left a holiday card and a few hundred dollars to feed the officers for the rest of the day. Good Job TJ Hooker.

So, you may remember that the US now has a new military division, THE US Space Force. Well now word has come out that the 14th unit of the Air Force is being transferred to the Space Force and is being renamed Space Operations Command. It’s acronym will be SPOC or as some are referring to it  “Spock”

According to a press release from the Air Force, quote “The SPOC provides space capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the USSF for USSPACECOM and other combatant commands.” unquote . 

It’s now official. Star Trek Picard has been renewed for season two. The announcement was made by Julie Mcnamara Executive Vic President of Original Content for CBS All Access at the biannual TCA presentation. Julie told the audience quote “The energy and excitement around the premiere of Star Trek: Picard has reached a magnitude greater than all of us at CBS All Access could have hoped for,” “We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that ‘Star Trek’ fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story when it premieres on Jan. 23.” 

Geek

Netflix will be releasing 29 movies over 2020. Including THE PLATFORM: In a future dystopia, prisoners housed in vertically stacked cells watch hungrily as food descends from above — feeding the upper tiers, but leaving those below ravenous and radicalized., OVER THE MOON: Animation icon Glen Keane makes his feature directorial debut in this musical adventure about a girl who builds a rocket ship to travel to the moon in order to prove to her father that a legendary Moon Goddess really exists. And more.

The GLAAD Media Award nominations are out. Up for Outstanding Drama Series are Batwoman, Shadowhunters, Star Trek Discovery and Supergirl. Watchmen This Extraordinary being is a nominee for Outstanding Individual Episode in a series without a regular LGBTQ character .Up for outstanding Comic Book is The Avant-Guards, written by Carly Usdin (BOOM! Studios)

Bloom, written by Kevin Panetta (First Second)

Crowded, written by Christopher Sebela (Image Comics)

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass, written by Mariko Tamaki (DC Comics)

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, written by Mariko Tamaki (First Second)

Liebestrasse, written by Greg Lockard (ComiXology Originals)

Lumberjanes, written by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh (BOOM! Studios)

Runaways, written by Rainbow Rowell (Marvel Comics)

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra, written by Simon Spurrier (Marvel Comics)

The Wicked + Divine, written by Kieron Gillen (Image Comics)

Now there are tons of other awards and nominees, these are just the ones that have sci fi or comic book importance. If you want to read the rest visit the link in our show notes The Gay &  Lesbian Alliance Against Defimation Awards will be handed out half in New York at March 19th and the rest in LA on April sixteenth. https://deadline.com/video/glaad-media-awards-netflix-disney-plus-apple-tv-plus-full-list/

Production has begun on Disney Plus’ Willow series. The news comes from writer Jon Kasdan’s twitter feed. The series is a followup to the 1988 movie directed by Ron Howard, written by George Lucas and Bob Dolman and starring Warwick Davis in the title role, Warwick will be returning to the role. A little bit of trivia for you. Jon Kasdan is the son of writer director Lawrence Kasdan, best known for his work on three Star Wars films and Raiders of the Lost Ark. No details on any additional cast or release dates.

And if you enjoyed the eighties, you’ll enjoy this next piece of news. Disney Plus is currently in plans to remake the movie Space Camp. The original told the story of a group of teens attending an astronaut training camp when they are accidentally launched into space while touring the space shuttle. The movie stared Lea Thompson, Kelly Preston and a young Joaquin Phoenix, it was not a successful movie at the box office when it was released in 1986, but that can partially be attributed to the release being a few months after the Challenger shuttle disaster. 

The new Space Camp will be written by Saturday Night Live writers Mikey Day and Streeter Seidell and will be produced by John Rickard, whose credits include Rampage and Horrible Bosses.

Seth MacFarlane is switching from a Fox to a Peacock.The creator behind Family Guy, American Dad and The Orville has signed a nine figure deal with NBC Universal Content Studios. Sources have told the Hollywood reporter that Seth and Fuzzy Door Productions will create and develop new TV projects for the media giant . This deal will lock Mister MacFarlane there for five years and will see him grow 200 million dollars richer. Seth is said to be very excited to create new projects for the company and it is said he’s interested in quote starring in and producing musicals, political dramas and anthologies around historic events in addition to working on new animated projects. But don’t worry about his Fox based shows as the deal leaves MacFarlane room to continue working on his now Disney owned shows as well as giving him room to make films for other studios.  I’ll have to ask Tom Costantino about that in a future interview. Oooo. Here’s a thought. Seth Macfarlane’s Battlestar Galactica

Legendary filmmaker Robert Zemeckis is in final negotiations to direct the sci fi thriller Ares at Warner Bros. The film has an original script from Captain Marvel writer Geneva Robertson-Dworet was originally set to be made at MGM, but will not go forth at the Bugs Bunny brand. Roland Emmerich will serve as executive producer.  The story is being described as genre bending and tells the story of an astronaut who crashes in an African desert, on his journey home to reunite with his family, he discovers that his mission was part of a larger conspiracy and that he might be carrying a secret that could change the world.

While I’ve had a few days off, I’ve been rewatching season one of FX’s What we do in the shadows, very funny. Well season two looks like it’s gonna be good as series creator Jermain Clement has announced that Mark Hamill will be a guest star this season. Jermaine made the announcement at the show’s Television Critics Association press day panel. Clement also confirmed that Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstien will not be returning in season two due to film commitments. For which Jermaine said that he was quote “a little disappointing for me as she was planned to be a big character unquote. The good news is they have found other characters to fill that void. Season 2 will add new supernatural beings to the wor;d such as ghosts and witches.

Visual artist Syd Mead has passed away on December 30, 2019 from complications from lymphoma. Before going into entertainment, he worked for corporations like Ford, Sony and Philips Electronics, His first role in the entertainment industry was as a production illustrator for Star Trek The Motion Picture. A few years later, he would design the Leonov spaceship in 2010. His art influenced George Lucas on the design of the AT-AT. He has also contributed to such films as Blade Runner, Short Circuit, Tron, Timecop, Mission Impossible III, Elysium, Tomorrowland and Blade Runner 2049. He passed away in Pasadena California at the age of 86.

 Also passed away is American comedy legend Buck Henry. He co created the secret agent comedy series Get Smart with Mel Brooks and the short lived sci fi comedy Quark. The legendary writer worked for Saturday Night Live in its infancy and even hosted the show 10 times from 1976 to 1980. He’s appeared in many movies like Catch 22 which he wrote, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Heaven Can Wait which he wrote and directed, Grumpy Old men,  and tv shows including Murphy Brown, Tales from the crypt, Dilbert, Hot in Cleveland and Franklin and Bash. 

Buck Henry died on January 8th 2020 in Los Angeles from a heart attack. He was 89.

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Tonight! Joaquin Phoenix is tired of the same old questions, Australia’s favorite Thor chips in for his homeland and Kevin Smith gives us an update on Jay And Silent Bob Reboot on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 59.

Been taking a few days off, had a consultation with a surgeon for a hemorrhoidectomy, went to see Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. You can listen to the previous episode, I also read a couple of comics. Star Trek Discovery Aftermath number one and Undiscovered Country number one. I thought both were interesting enough to read another issue. Undiscovered Country is a unique concept. The United States mainland walls itself off from the rest of the world, now decades later, a team has to enter the reclusive nation to find a cure for a plague that’s going to cause the end of the world. Original concept. It’ll be interesting to see where this one goes. 

DC

Deathstroke’s ongoing comic book series has come to an end and it actually wasn’t caused by poor sales, it was planned that way. The series written by Christopher Priest changed Slade’s role in the DC Universe and saw him battle the Teen Titans. The ending was planned by Priest and DC Co Publisher and editor Dan Didio. Priest told newsarama quote “The series is ending now because I went to DC Publisher Dan DiDio and asked him to end the series with #50. Sure, we could keep going, but that’s not how the business works. Books launch hot and then the numbers settle somewhere, with the occasional rarity of numbers going up. They usually settle in somewhere. Numbers-wise, sure, we’re not causing any problems for DC, but we’re not setting the world on fire, either, which ties up talent DC could redeploy elsewhere and get better numbers,“”I didn’t want the book to get cancelled at #56 or #62. So, I said to Dan, let’s plan it so it works into the publishing plan and budget and all of that, and we end on our own terms. I was really happy he agreed.” unquote Well better to plan your ending that to have one forced upon you.

We are just weeks away from the release of Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn and eagerly anticipate DC Black LAbel Birds of Prey one shot from Brian Azzarello and Emanuela Lupacchino has been pushed back again. The special was originally going to arrive in stores at the end of January, but now it’s not due in stores until March fourth. No cause has been given.

Going to the movie news. James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad is in full production right now in Panama and during the holiday break he took time to answer some fan questions on Instagram. IN answer to the question Can we expect big elaborate sets in Suicided Squad like the prison scene in Guardians of The Galaxy, he answered back quote #TheSuicideSquad will have by far the most and the biggest practical sets of any movie I’ve ever worked on. Unquote He also talked about how much fun he’s been having making the movie and how great the crew on the movie is. The movie is due in theaters next year on August the sixth.

Joaquin Phoenix is getting tired of being asked about Joker again and again. During the Golden Globe Awards presentation, for which he won the award for Best actor in a motion picture-Drama, he turned a question about his process for getting in character back on the interviewer.  Quote “Isn’t this old news? I feel like I’ve talked about this for six months,“”I mean, I feel like I answered this questions. You wanna hear a different version of it? Should I try and change it slightly or what should I do?” unquote He then went on to answer the question. So let me break this down for those of you who want to interview stars, ask different questions, one’s that haven’t been asked. Find off kilter questions, dig into a performance that hasn’t been talked about. You’ll be surprised at the amount of appreciation you get from your subject.

The Critics choice awards were handed out over the weekend. Joker actor Joaquin Phoenix took the Best Actor award Joke also got the Best Score award, Avengers endgame took home the best visual effects award and best action movie, however it didn’t take the best Sci-fi Horror Award, which went to Us, Toy Story 4 beat our Frozen II and others to take Best Animated Feature. On the tv side, Watchmen’s regina King got best actress in a drama and Jean smart came away with Best Supportig Actress. There were plenty other winners for a list of the winners just click on the link in the show notes on teh website. Multiversetonight.com https://www.cnn.com/2020/01/12/entertainment/critics-choice-2020-winners-list/index.html

And speaking of Joker and awards, The British Academy of Film and Television Awards or BAFTA nominations are out and Joker has garnered eleven nominations including Best Film, Best Leading Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Score, Best Casting, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best production design, MakeUp and hair and Sound. Avengers Endgame and The Rise of Skywalker are up for Special Visual Effects and The Rise of Skywalker is also up for Sound and Original Score. Frozen 2, klaus, A Shaun the sheep movie Farmageddon and Toy Story 4 are up for animated film.  The awards will be handed out on February second at the royal albert hall in London.

The CW made it’s fall schedule planning much easier as it has renewed nearly every series. The network has renewed everything but Arrow, Supernatural and The 100, which are all ending this season. The only series that hasn’t received a formal pickup to date is the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which is set to premiere next month, however it has already received it’s pickup for an additional thirteen episodes. Mark Pedowitz, who has just been promoted to Chairman and CEO of The CW said quote “These early orders for next season give our production teams a head start in plotting out story arcs and a jump on hiring staff, and this also provides us with a strong foundation of established, fan-favorite CW shows to build on for next season, “We’ve been thrilled with the creative direction of all three new series, and even though we are in the very early stages of our new full stack streaming strategy, which allows viewers to catch up on our new shows from the beginning, we’re already seeing incredibly positive results from our multiplatform viewership for Nancy Drew and Batwoman.”

However, there’s bad news if you only stream the networks programs from Netflix. The CW’s deal with the streamer has ended. Batwoman and Katy Keene will stream on HBO Max next year, Nancy Drew will be going to CBS All Access. The rest of the shows will stay at Netflix for now.

The CW is currently working on new shows for the 2020 fall season including a walker texas ranger remake, A Kung Fu reboot, a female centered Arrow spinoff, a sequel series to Dark Shadows and Superman & Lois. 

Marvel

Doctor Strange 2 is directionless. Director Scott Derrick has left the project due to creative differences with the studio according to a report in Variety. The studio has confirmed his exit, he will remain as an executive producer. The movie will begin production in May and there are nor expected to be any delays in production. The search for his replacement is currently underway. It’s expected in theaters the first weekend of May 2021.

Disney Plus’ WandaVision series is coming sooner rather than later. This year. The news came in a post on Disney Plus’ twitter, during a video touting the slate of releases for this year. No word on when exactly it’s gonna be.

Australia is in bad straits right now. A big portion of the continent country is on fire right now. 16 million acres in fact.  Australian native Chirs Hemsworth and his family are donating one million dollars to Australian firefighters. He posted a video on social media quote “Hi everyone. Like you, I want to support the fight against the bushfires here in Australia,“”My family and I are contributing a million dollars. Hopefully you guys can chip in too. Every penny counts so whatever you can muster up is greatly appreciated. I’ve put together links supporting firefighters, organisations and charities who are working flat out to provide support during this devastating and challenging time. Beyond appreciative to everyone around the world for their well wishes and donations. It really does make a difference, so dig deep! Love ya.” unquote If your interested in donating yourself, Chris also provided links to various agencies that would appreciate your donations. I’ll have a link to them in the show notes. https://lnk.bio/fightthebushfires

Thor Love and thunder might be getting some help from a  former Batman.Christian Bale might be up for a role in the fourth Thor movie. No word on what role he might be up for, but it’s gonna be a substantial one, let’s keep in mind that this movie will see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster taking up the mantle of Thor. Maybe he’ll play Beta Ray Bill? Perhaps 

In comics news, Marvel’s newest superhero hails from Michigan, Dearborn to be specific. The character named Amulet was introduced via Detroit native Saladin Ahmed’s twitter account quote I am THRILLED to introduce you all to Marvel’s newest superhero, the mystical defender Amulet.🧿

He’s Arab American from Dearborn, Michigan and was created by myself and @SaraAlfageeh! http://bit.ly/34vCgZL Amulet (aka Fadi Fadlallah) will make his Marvel Universe debut in THE MAGNIFICENT MS MARVEL #13 and will figure into next year’s OUTLAWED event.

Got some big plans for this big guy!This one means a lot to me. Superhero comics helped teach me to read, but as an Arab American kid I never quite saw myself in them. To be able to add a character with a name like mine, that shares my heritage and my hometown to this pantheon…whew! For those asking, he’s Lebanese unquote 

Geek

Kevin Smith’s Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is doing quite well. The director and a man of many talents has revealed in a new years post that quote

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3 million is pretty good and now he’s working on Mallrats 2 and Clerks 3. Groovy.

The Oscar nominations are out and The Joker is wild with eleven nominations. Let’s go over the geeky ones:  Joker is up for Best Picture, but it’s got some stiff competition including”Ford v Ferrari”,”The Irishman”,”Jojo Rabbit”,”Little Women”,”Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood”,”Marriage Story”,”Parasite” and 1917. Joker is also up for Adapted Screenplay, Costume Design, Sound Mixing, Film Editing, makeup and hairstyling and Cinematography . Joker and Star Wars Rise of Skywalker are up for Sound Editing and Original Score .Joaquin Phoenix is up for Best Actor. Todd Phillips is up for Best Director for JokerUp for Best Animated Film are “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”,”I Lost My Body”,”Klaus”,”Missing Link” and “Toy Story 4” Avengers Endgame, The Lion King, Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker, The Irishman and 1917 are up for Best BVisual Effects

Mark Millar has announced that the third installment in his Jupiter’s Legacy franchise, Jupiter’s Requiem is on it’s way. Mark teased it on twitter sharing a photo of his computer screen where he is writing the script. With the caption Jupiter’s Circle is in the past.

Jupiter’s Legacy is in the present. Jupiter’s Requiem is in the future. Not much could be gleaned from the photo except that the series will be ten issues long and will have an opening scene that takes place 50,000 years in the past. The artist is being kept top secret. A TV adaptation of Jupiter’s Legacy is currently in production at Netflix. 

Stephen Fry will be hosting a special on the BBC called Fantastic Beasts A Natural History the special will quote “origins and stories of mythical creatures and the fantastical beasts from J.K. Rowling’s stories and explore their history and connections with animals roaming the planet today.” unquote It will be created and released in a partnership with Warner Bros and London’s Natural History Museum. Stephen Fry in a statement said quote “I could not be more delighted to be a part of this magnificent opportunity for us Muggles to show the wizarding world that the fantastic beasts in our world are more than a match for theirs,” “Joining forces with the combined powers of the fabulous BBC, its legendary Natural History Unit and the magical Natural History Museum we hope to be able to bring you closer than you’ve ever been to some of the most spectacular and extraordinary creatures ever seen.” There is no official release date for the special and even the title is a work in progress. Stay tuned.

And speaking of science, IDW is teaming up with the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian will be lending its name and knowledge to a new series of graphic novels, picture books and more.In a statement to the New York Times Chris ryall, IDW’s president, publisher and Chief Creative Officer said quote “The most energizing thing about working with the Smithsonian’s curators, researchers and zookeepers is that these are not just experts in their fields: They’re storytellers,” “Together, we’ll use the unique power of comics to entertain, inspire and educate readers of all ages about the wonders of history, science, technology, culture and more.” the new line will launch in the fall.

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Show Notes Episode 56:Goodbye 2019 & Episode 57: Hello 2020

Tonight! It’s the end of the decade, but not the end of the news on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 56, 

Welcome to the last episode of the year. I would add the “of the decade” line, but I haven’t been broadcasting all decade. You know, I could have just not done a new episode this week, I know lots of podcasts that take a vacation between Christmas and New Years, but that’s just not me.

I would like to thank you for listening to my words today. 2020 looks like it’s gonna be a busy year, lots of new movies, new show ideas in the offing and so forth. Who knows, maybe I’ll create a second podcast? Of course, you can always help me out by showing me some appreciation by donating money or tweeting at me etcetera. Let’s have a good 2020 and be sure to think about your decisions, weather in the voting booth or elsewhere. Let’s get it on….

Star Wars

I’m gonna admit right now, I’m not gonna have a lot of Star Wars news in this episode, you know why? Most of the news that comes out at this time is about things in and around the rise of skywalker. Which I haven’t seen , so I’m kinda avoiding spoilers right now. I will be seeing it, just not till after the first of the year.  But there are a few news items….

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To start off, Since it’s new years, you’ll want to drink to the new year, how bout a new cocktail from The Mandalorian star Pedro Pascal. The actor shared a picture of a green cocktail with two lime wedges for ears and what looks like prunes for eyes on Instagram with the captain quote To getting through the holidays with a little bit of force. Good luck, everyone.” unquote What his cocktail was made from is anyone’s guess. There are probably dozens of permutations of a Baby Yoda cocktail on the internet. One version served at the Golden Tiki  bar in Las Vegas according to the las vegas review journal has Rhum agricole, demerara syrup and fresh lime juice, finished with a spritz of absinthe andLuxardo cherry eyes and lime wedge ears. His sense of style is provided by his bar napkin Jedi robe, tied with a piece of twine, and a bar-straw lightsaber . So if you wanna try one, I guess you should fly to vegas, or figure it out yourself. Drink at your own risk, it could be evil….

And speaking of The Child, I bet you think the lack of merchandise is particularly evil, Well blame Donald Glover for the lack of merchandise for Baby Yoda.

The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau says that  a conversation with Donald about Beyonce during the Lion King remake convinced the director to be more reserved. Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter”We were talking about music and pop culture and he was saying that what people really like now is to be surprised, because it doesn’t happen that much,” “When Beyoncé did an album, she would just put it online and everybody would react to it. Just putting it out there spurred a conversation that would become more viral and bring more genuine attention than any marketing.” quote Disney is now going full speed ahead with merchandise for the character named The Child including dolls, Funko pops and shirts. However the slowness to get on the sales wagon might have cost Disney around three million or about how much they made in a couple of hours of showings of The Rise of Skywalker.

By the way, preorders for the Blu ray of The Rise of Skywalker are available now. Including a 4k ultra hd blu ray set of the entire nine film saga on 27 disks that retails for two hundred forty nine dollars. No release date has been officially announced but it’s guesstimated to come around the end of March.

If you noticed that Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico was barely in the Rise of Skywalker, don’t believe the haters that it was because her character was disliked. Instead it was just a matter of her original role in the film. Chris Terrio, the writer of The Rise of Skywalker explained to Awards Daily quoteWell, first of all, J.J. and I adore Kelly Marie Tran. One of the reasons that Rose has a few less scenes than we would like her to have has to do with the difficulty of using Carrie’s footage in the way we wanted to. We wanted Rose to be the anchor at the rebel base who was with Leia. We thought we couldn’t leave Leia at the base without any of the principals whom we love, so Leia and Rose were working together. As the process evolved, a few scenes we’d written with Rose and Leia turned out to not meet the standard of photorealism that we’d hoped for. Those scenes unfortunately fell out of the film. The last thing we were doing was deliberately trying to sideline Rose. We adore the character, and we adore Kelly – so much so that we anchored her with our favorite person in this galaxy, General Leia.” unquote

Never fear fans, The Mandalorian WILL be back, creator and Showrunner Jon Favreau has confirmed on twitter that the Disney Plus series will launch in the Fall of 2020. Rumors are that several established Skywalker saga characters will make appearances on the show.

Star Trek

The only reason for me to get CBS All Access is almost here, Star Trek Picard is just days away and there’s plenty of supplementary material to go over, the comic series is out now and in February comes the book, Star Trek Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormack. Much like the comic book, this is another prequel to the series and will introduce some of the characters that we will see in the show. No word on the exact plot of the book, but it will be out just 3 days before my birthday on February 11th.

Meanwhile, that other Star Trek  Discovery might just be closer to its third season premiere than we thought. Sonequa Martin Green, speaking with Radio Times dot com said of the third season quote“It’s definitely coming up 2020,” “And I would venture to say closer to early 2020 than anything, but yeah, it’s going to be incredible. I can tell you that. I think it’s a stunning season.

“That’s why it’s so stirring to me… in like this moment right now, to talk about the beginning, that’s what is so interesting to me – to be where we are now, but to know where we came from. And I really think we did what all shows should do, and got better with age and get better with time It’s really quite gripping to see where we’ve come and how we continue to build and grow, to higher heights and deeper depths.” unquote. Season three sees the Discovery now in the far future. Where they will be no tribble at all with established continuity. 

Pocket Books is looking back at the untold era between The Motion Picture and The Wrath of Kahn with Star Trek The Higher Frontier by Christopher L Bennett. The novel also connects to the original series episode Is There In Truth No Beauty? And features Dr. Miranda Jones and the Medusan ambassador. Here’s the blurb quote “Investigating the massacre of a telepathic minority, Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise confront a terrifying new threat: faceless, armored hunters whose extradimensional technology makes them seemingly unstoppable. Kirk must team with the powerful telepath Miranda Jones and the enigmatic Medusans to take on these merciless killers in an epic battle that will reveal the true faces of both enemy and ally!” unquote The novel will be out on March tenth. 

IDW has released the Star Trek comic book listing for those coming out in March, fist up they introduce us to the mirror Universe Kahn …wait wouldn’t that just be Nhak? NHHHHHHHAAAAKKK! In Star Trek Hell’s Mirror. Not only do we return to the mirror universe we are shepherded by JM DeMatteis who is returning to the Star Trek universe for the first time in 40 years. His last contribution was the final issue of Marvel’s Star Trek series in 1982. Here’s the blurb: Legendary writer J.M. DeMatteis returns to Star Trek for the first time in nearly 40 years! And it’ll be well worth the wait, as he tackles two of the franchise’s most popular concepts: Khan Noonien Singh and the Mirror Universe! Unquote the book has art by Matthew Dow Smith and retails for 4.99

Also out is Star Trek Year Five issue 12 written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly with art by Stephen Thompson. Here’s the blurb quot eAt last—the moment you’ve been waiting for since the first page of issue #1! With a villain revealed, a stranded crew, and a ship on a collision course with total destruction, Captain James T. Kirk will have to face the biggest challenge of his life on his own!Written by showrunners Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly (Green Arrow, Nightwing, Gotham City Garage) this is a perfect jumping-on point before the second year of the series begins. It retails for 3.99. You can preorder those and other comics from mycomicshop and things from another world. Links to those are in our affiliate marketplace on our home page.

Not often I speak of he who should not be named. But American President Donald Trump has created the United States Space Force, when he signed a new defense budget into law. The newest branch of the military will be kind of a hand me down right now with a small staff of 200 military and civilians mostly US air force as it will be under the aegis of the Air Force Dept. and a budget of 40 million. Tech Entrepreneur Elon Musk seemed to praise this development by; quoting two words,quote Starfleet Begins unquote

Hate to tell you this Elon, I don’t think exploring space is what these guys wanna do. 

May twenty third will be a special day in the city of Bloomington Indiana. A few episodes back I told you about the fundraising campaign to get a monument erected in Bloomington celebrating the fact that the city will be the birthplace of Captain Kathryn Janeway. The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective met its goal of 12,500 and will receive matching funds from the Indiana Housing and Community Development. So on May twenty third, just 3 days after the fictional characters birthday, a bust bearing the likeness of Kate mulgrew’s character will be unveiled in downtown Bloomington. The bust will be on a limestone base shaped like the Starfleet delta and include an informational tablet about the captain of the Voyager.

Geek

ViacomCBS now owns a forty nine percent stake in Miramax. They bought it fromMiramax owner  Qatar based BeIN media Group for a total of three hundred seventy five million dollars. ViacomCBS will pay one hundred fifty million upfront and the rest will be in forty five million a year for five year in funds to produce new film and tv projects. Paramount will get an exclusive long term deal for Miramax’s back catalog. President and CEO of Viacom CBS Bob Bakish in a statement said quote“Miramax is a renowned global studio, responsible for some of the most iconic films of the last three decades, including ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Kill Bill’ and more,” “This partnership with beIN will be a unique opportunity to gain access to a valuable library, deepening our already substantial pool of IP at a time when demand for premium content is only accelerating. We look forward to working closely with the Miramax management team as we explore new ways to deliver its titles across a variety of platforms and create new, compelling projects.” unquote Now if they wanna make me happy, release Kevin Smith’s movies all in High Def.

It’s the end of the year and that means lists. Forbes has released a list of the highest paid Youtubers and it’s not me. Did you know we have a Youtube channel? Anyway. The number one on the list was Ryan Kaji, the q year old kid behind Ryan’s World. He has 22.9 million subscribers and made 26 million dollars. I wonder who the new Youtube FTC rules will affect his channel since I’m guessing most of his views are from kids. Also on the list is Dude Perfect, Anastasia (Rad-zin-skaya) Radzinskaya and PewDiePie among others. PewDiePie is apparently taking a break from Youtube and has also quit twitter. Maybe he’s decided to look at the world outside of just four walls. 

Uncharted has possibly lost another director. Director Travis Knight might be leaving Uncharted, based on the video game series of the same name, Travis made his directorial debut last year with Bumblebee. Insiders are blaming the exit on schedulting issues as Actor Tom Holland has a Spiderman  movie due out in July of 2021 and that production might push Uncharted back away fronm the December 18th 2020 date. Tom Holland will be playing Drake in Uncharted and Mark Wahlberg will play Drake’s friend Sully.

The rise of Skywalker has done very well at the box office, posting the second best domestic Christmas Day ever and had reached over half a billion by the day after Christmas. So let’s take a look at the box office report and see what it’s got now. 

And now that we took a look behind, let’s look ahead at what’s coming 2020:

February 14: Sonic the Hedgehog (Paramount)

February 28: The Invisible Man (Universal)

March 27: Mulan (Disney)

April 8: No Time To Die (Eon Productions/MGM)

May 15: A Quiet Place sequel (Paramount)

May 15: Scoob! (Warner Bros.)

May 22: Fast & Furious 9 (Universal)

May 22: The Spongebob Movie (Paramount)

May 29: Artemis Fowl (Disney)

June 19: Soul (Pixar)

June 26: Top Gun: Maverick (Paramount/Skydance)

July 10: Ghostbusters: Afterlife film (Sony)

July 24: Jungle Cruise (Disney)

July 24: Untitled Sony animated film

August 7: Infinite (Paramount)

August 7: The Empty Man (Disney)

August 21: Bill & Ted Face the Music (Orion)

September 4: Monster Hunter (Sony)

September 11: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (New Line)

September 18: The Croods 2 (Universal/DreamWorks Animation)

September 18: The King’s Man (Fox)

September 18: Without Remorse (Paramount)

September 18: Untitled Phil Lord & Chris Miller animated film (Sony)

October 16: Untitled Warner Bros. ‘event’ film

November 13: Red Notice (Universal)

November 20: Godzilla vs. Kong (Warner Bros.)

November 25: Untitled Disney animated

December 18: Dune (Warner Bros.)

December 18: Uncharted (Sony)

December 23: Cruella (Disney)

December 25: Untitled third Sherlock Holmes (Warner Bros.)

December 25: The Tomorrow War (Paramount)

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Episode 57

Tonight! It’s a new year and a new decade, but the news rolls on in this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 57.

Welcome to 2020. So how was 2019 for you, read anything good? Watch any good tv or movies? Are you ready for this year? Me personally, I’m at a point in my life where the years just run together. It’s only when you look at the big picture do you see how much it all changed.

DC

So Watchmen was a pretty great show. But something we never got? A cameo with President robert redford. The actor became president in the Watchmen Universe after nixon.  Apparently showrunner Damon Lindelof did leave the door open for a cameo but it was not to be. Lindelof told collider quote “We wrote Robert Redford a letter, describing our intention with his usage in the show. And, also, what our general sense of what Watchmen was to us. And, an incredibly high esteem in which we hold him both as an actor, and a purveyor of the arts. And, also, as a prominent progressive liberal, who shares many of the same ideologies with a number of us, behind the scenes. And, we left the door open in that letter, should he choose to respond to it, that we would invite him to come and play on the show, if he were game. He’s a very busy man, and he has yet to respond to the letter. But, hopefully, one day we will cross paths, and that door will always be open,” unquote Unfortunately there are currently no plans for a second season.

Well unfortunately there won’t be another season of Lucifer either, however congratulations to the show are in order as the show has been named number one on tv times most streaming series list. The list is based upon global data from the apps users. It beat our Stranger Things, 13 reasons why, The Handmaid’s Tale, The Umbrella Academy, Black Mirror and more. Lucifers final season is currently in production.

Todd Phillips director of the mega hit Joker wants you to keep an open mind when it comes to the origins of the Joker, quote “There’s many ways to look at the movie. He might not be Joker,”. “This is just a version of a Joker origin. It’s just the version this guy is telling in this room at a mental institution. I don’t know that he’s the most reliable narrator in the world, you know what I’m saying?” unquote Phillips said this in Joker Vision and Fury on of the featurettes on the home video release. In other words, there is no defined Joker backstory, it’s whatever he feels like.

Mark Hamill is thankful this season, sure not for the Rise of Skywalker and the end of The Skywalker Saga, but for a role just as famous. Mark took to twitter and tweeted out a few Joker centric images with the tweet quote I can’t tell you how much 1 single role has meant to me. Because of him people recognized the gleeful psycho within-Because of him a new career of megalomaniacal villainy opened up & I was now able to frighten young children-I will be grateful for that…Forever🃏#BeingTheJoker unquote To some he will always be Luke Skywalker, but to others he will forever be the Joker.

DC’s Geoff Johns is teasing some Green Lantern news is coming. Speaking with Newsarama he said quote “It’s a really exciting year to have Doomsday Clock finished up,” “I’m doing more comics. Stargirl trailer’s out. Wonder Woman’s on its way. And a lot of work with Green Lantern outside comics that hopefully you’ll hear about soon.” unquote So what could this Green lantern project be, a Green Lantern Corps movie? Green Lantern The series on HBO Max perhaps. Whatever it is, remember, no animated suits. Just green, the only thing that should be animated are the ring creations.

Black Panther star Michael B Jordan was asked by MTV News if there was any truth to the rumors of him playing Superman in the future.  The actor responded quote “I’ve been rumored to play Morpheus to Superman to Power Rangers and everything in between, so it’s like, I’m kind of used to the rumors I’m playing something,” he said. “But anything that I do dive into has to be done the right way. It has to be full of authenticity.” unquote. Michael is a fan of comics and Variety has reported that he doesn’t want to commit to playing Superman when he has so many other projects on his plate. 

In a tweet this past Saturday, David Ayer’s confirmed that Suicide Squad would have had more of a connection to Justice League of an original plot element involving Enchantress stayed in.”It was supposed to be a boom tube as she was under control of a motherbox,” “All the Apokalypse [sic] elements were stripped out late in the game. The machine concept was an attempt to create a ticking clock and world threat.” unquote.  Hmmm. DO you think they should have kept the boomtube in?

I don’t know how to feel about this one. Okay, you might have figured out the past few episodes that I really don’t care for Robert Pattinson. He just doesn’t work as an actor for me and his casting as Batman in Matt reeves The Batman is *sigh* Well Mr. Pattinson recently did an Interview with The Guardian where he revealed how sick he was of questions about the movie and that he just wanted to get down to filming already saying quote “I’m already remembering what it’s like to talk about a movie where there’s an expectation. Whenever you say anything, people are like, ‘Argh! You idiot!’ Like, dude, I haven’t even started yet,” unquote When the interviewer pointed out that the having this role is a lot to live up to Pattinson said quote “But there is no harsher critic of myself than myself, so I don’t need to worry about anyone else.” unquote When asked what he might do if the movie totally bombs, Pattinson giggled and gave shot back quote “Porn,” “But art house porn.”  unquote I’m conflicted. I don’t know if I’d rather see him do porn or not. He might be a terrible porn actor as well. 

DC has announced that Superman issue nineteen, the first since Superman revealed to the world his secret identity will be pushed back a couple of weeks from January 8th to the 22nd. Issues 20 and 21 however are still on schedule.

The New York Times best selling authors Shannon and Dean Hale are writing a new graphic novel for young readers. Diana Princess of the Amazons looks at the pre Wonder Woman’s life as a young girl on an island with no other children. Themyscira after all never had any children on it, just strong adult warriors. The book has artwork by Victoria Yang, who is a veteran of animation and it making her debut for DC Comics. Shannon has always been a fan of Wonder Woman growing up with the character and even driving a minivan with the Wonder Woman logo on the hood.  Newsarama asked the couple when they chose to do a story about her as a child and Shannon replied quote We were fascinated with the idea of growing up as the only kid in your entire world. And that’s just not something we’d seen explored very deeply with Wonder Woman.

Yes, she’s an Amazon, and she’s incredibly strong and has a sense of justice and is one of the most powerful superheroes. And we’ve seen her relationship with her sisters on Themyscira.

But what was it like before that?What did it feel like to be the only kid?

Given that we were writing these books for younger readers, I thought that was something kids would be really fascinated with. Imagine being the only kid in your entire world, and then imagine that everyone else is an immortal, perfect warrior.

How do you find your place there?

That’s where we began.

Diana Princess of the Amazons comes out on January seventh.

MArvel

Ryan Renoylds appearing on Live with Kelly and Ryan confirmed that they are currently working on Deadpool 3. He told the hosts quote “Yeah we’re working on it right now with the whole team,” “We’re over at Marvel [Studios] now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It’s kinda crazy. So yeah, we’re working on it.” unquote So I’ guessing same Deadpool with access to the MCU? Maybe? We can hope.

Kevin Fiege is backing off the idea that Doctor Strange and the multiverse of Madness is a horror movie telling the New York Film Academy that quote “I wouldn’t necessarily say that’s a horror film, but … it’ll be a big MCU film with scary sequences in it.” unquote He also confirmed that some new characters will be debuting in the movie as well. “The next Doctor Strange film, for instance, features some new MCU characters which will be making their debut in that movie you won’t expect or won’t guess who it is but we found a cool way to make it work because we want to make a particular type of movie there and there was a character who we always wanted to do something with who will fit really well there.”unquote Who it will be is still a mystery.

At the same event, Feige was asked how Marvel determines which chatacteres will make the jump from the comic page to the big screen and his answer contained a bit of news quote “Sometimes you’re choosing the title hero, you’re choosing which main character or main team you want to bring to the screen,”“And often times, as you’re making and developing the movie, [asking], ‘Who will come into it? Who will fit into it?’”

“Like Shang-Chi, we’ve wanted to make that movie for a long time. We want to make a movie with a 98% Asian cast,” “And then you talk about, as you develop the movie, what other heroes can you bring into it, if you need them? And in the case of Black Panther [in Captain America: Civil War], it was the greatest thing that ever happened.”

Shang-Chi and teh Legend of the ten rings will star Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung and will lead off Marvel Studios offerings in 2021.

Marvel’s What If series will have a longer season than any other Disney Plus Marvel show. WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and oki all have six episode seasons. But in a new interview with Buzzfeed Brazil, Kevin Feige revealed that What If will have a ten episode first season. Quote “I’m very happy that we’re doing the What If…? series for Disney+ right now, and I’ve seen most of them. We have ten for Season 1, we’re already working on the next ten for Season 2,” he said. “We’ve revealed one that is very exciting, we’ve talked about it for years, which is the one where Peggy Carter gets the Super Soldier serum and becomes Captain Carter. That’s the very first episode, and I’m excited for people to see that. I’m excited to see the finished version of that, and I’m excited for the world to see it.”“What If…? is based on a comic series that we’ve loved for years, where they take a storyline you know and change one element, and see how things could get different,” Feige said. “So the 23 films of the MCU that you know are gonna showcase one little difference in each episode, and see how things change.” The show will be narrated by Jeffery Wright as the Watcher and feature an all star cast from the Marvel movies. But be prepared to wait, we’re still about 18 months away as it will premiere in Summer of 21.

James Cameron does what James Cameron does.  And he seems to be certain that his Avatar sequels will break the current all time global box office record set by Avenges Endgame. He told USA today that quote “I think it’s a certainty,” “But let’s give Endgame their moment and let’s celebrate that people are going to the movie theater.””I don’t want to sound snarky after I took the high road (by offering congratulations),”. “But they beat us by one quarter of a percent. I did the math in my head while driving in this morning. I think accountants call that a rounding error.” So let’s look at the math. Avengers Endgame made 2, 797, 800, 564 globally beating our Avatar’s 2, 029, 450, 992 that’s a difference of 768 million 349 thousand 572 dollars. That’s more than a rounding error. Avatar 2 is coming on December seventeenth of 2021.

Geek

Valiant Entertainment is getting back in the video game biz. This time the company is joining forces with Blowfish Studios to do games based on Bloodshot and Ninjak. The last time there were video games was back in the mid 90’s when the company was owned by Acclaim Entertainment. Valiant is hoping for a bit of a renesauce next year with a movie based on Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel that is set to open on February twenty first. They are also working on a Harbinger movie and a tv series based on Quantum & Woody.

Facebook and the Pokemon Company  launched two Pokemon games on the Facebook gaming platform. Pokemon Tower Battle is available worldwide right now and has players staking Pokemon to create towers. The other, Pokemon Medallion Battle is a digital card battle strategy game but is only available in the Asia Pacifice region right now. 

So let’s look forward to this year in comic book movies

February 7: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)

March 13: Bloodshot (Sony) [new date]

April 3: The New Mutants

May 1: Black Widow

June 5: Wonder Woman 1984

July 31: Morbius (Sony)

October 16: G.I. Joe Snake Eyes (Paramount)

November 6: Eternals

Comic creator Gerry (Alan-guilan) Alanguilan has passed away. Alanguilan is best known as the inker on titles like Wetworks, X-Men, Superman: Birthright, Wolverine and Fantastic Four, usually alongside penciler Leinil Francis Yu. He also created his own comic books, Johnny Balbona, Humanis rex!, Elmer, Timawa and Where Bold Stars go to Die in his native Philippines. Marvel editor in chief CB Cebulski tweeted about him quote “Another wonderful person taken from us too soon. An amazingly talented writer and inker, mentor to younger artists, and advocate for global comics, the comics world and Filipino art community lost a friend and hero today.” unquote The cause of his death has not been disclosed. Gerry Alanguilan was 54 years old.

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Show Notes: Episode 54: Death in Winter & Episode 55: A Grouch for All Seasons

Tonight! Baby Yoda says buckle up, Picard’s got more adventures coming and we say goodbye to three of the greats on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Hello and welcome to the SciFi edition of Multiverse Tonight. This is episode 54, 

So, we’re halfway through December, are you ready to finish the year,. I think we’re all ready to get done with this year and get into 2020. This is the time of year it seems that things slow down. I’m always amazed that there’s enough to really report on. But a few things always come up.

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Star Wars

Baby Yoda wants you to know he still needs a carseat in the state of Mississippi. Or at least a Star Wars The Mandalorian fan wants you to  think that. The official twitter account for the Mississippi Department of Transportation posted a photoshopped highway sign that read quote Baby Yoda Uses the Force but still needs a carseat. Unquote They also captioned it with quote Buckle up. This is the way. #BabyYoda.

You know, Baby Yoda, Porgs, Ewoks. All cute, all more popular than almost anything else in the Star Wars Universe. Maybe they should just make a show starring Baby Yoda playing with Porgs and Ewoks. 

Speaking of the small green Muppet, Mandalorian Director Bryce Dallas Howard has broken her silence on how it was to keep the character a secret. Telling the Hollywood reporter quote “Agonizing,” Howard replied with a laugh. “I’ve been walking around for the last year with a face like the cat that ate the canary. I’m so, so, so excited to be a part of this and the phenomenon that Baby has become. The thing I was most nervous about was that my kids had been on set quite a bit. So they had seen Baby and interacted with Baby. When we were filming, my kids were 6 and 11; they’re now 7 and 12. When the kids went back to school, every single day I would say, ‘So, what are you not gonna talk about today?’ And they would say, ‘Baby!’ (Laughs) I’d be like, ‘That’s right!’ I would just consistently remind them that there’s no circumstance that could ever arise where they’re allowed to talk about Baby. Now, for them, it’s very confusing, because I’m like, ‘Oh, now, you can talk about Baby,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, okay.’ We’ve been having this routine for about a year now, and it’s fun; it’s really, really fun. Everyone is super pissed that there’s no merch. (Laughs) Everyone is like, ‘I want a Baby Yoda stuffed toy!’ But I think they made a good choice in not focusing there and just focusing on the storytelling.” unquote . And I’m still SO behind in watching it. Only watched episode one. Too much to watch so little time. 

The press tour for the final Skywalker movie is in full swing and JJ Abrams in an interview with Cinema Blend talked about Carrie Fisher’s role in the movie, despite her passing nearly three years ago. This involved using unused footage from The Force Awakens. JJ told them quote “Clearly we would have done other things had Carrie been around, but I will say despite her not being with us anymore, her presence in the movie is not inconsequential,” “She’s not being ‘added in’ so that she’s in the movie. And I would say that her story, her role, the importance of Leia, I would argue is as profound as what you’re saying even though she wasn’t here.””There was no way, as I’ve said before, to tell the story without Leia. She’s too important. It’s Skywalker saga. She is the living Skywalker in our story. You don’t want to start the story and say something happened to her in between movies. It didn’t feel right. We’d never recast it. A digital Leia wouldn’t work. There was no way to do it.” “When we looked at the footage from [Star Wars:] The Force Awakens, which I was obviously very familiar with, and realized we had a number of scenes we could use, and, and write scenes around, it was suddenly like, ‘Oh my God, we could tell the story with Leia in the film.” unquote

The rise of Skywalker comes out in just a few days from now. 

Disney is warning fans that the new Star Wars movie could trigger seizures with those people with epilepsy. Disney issued a statement with the Epilepsy Foundation that the film contains quote “several sequences with imagery and sustained flashing lights” that could affect those with photosensitive epilepsy. My guess would be flashes from lightsabers hitting together. Disney suggests that theaters post notices to warn of the risk. Flashing lights can trigger seizures in about three percent of individuals who have epilepsy. This isn’t the first time Disney has given this notice, they also did it for The Incredibles II.

Star Trek

The merger of Viacom and CBS is now official and the newly reunited company is busy merging, selling unneeded headquarters, eliminating duplicate positions and forth. 

This also means that the Star Trek movie and tv rights are now back under one roof. What will that mean for the franchise? New movies featuring the tv characters from the new shows?

So with that behind us, let’s check in with the Section 31 show. The new show is set to start filming once Discovery’s season three is done. CBS All Access executive vice president Julie McNamara talking to Vanity Fair said that the writers room under Alex Krutzman has been assembled quote “We are very excited about the Section 31 show and Michelle Yeoh is excited to do it,”. “She is in the current season of Discovery so she’s working on that right now but we have scripts getting written, and Alex has a writer’s room. We love what we’ve heard so far. It’s yet another tonality of Trek. As Alex has mapped it all out, each show has its own unique sort of voice and vision.”

Mr. Kurtzman has dropped some hints of the tone of the show comparing it to a Clint Eastwood style Western.. Saying quote It occupies an area of the Trek universe that’s never really been explored geographically. It has a new mythology to it, which is very interesting. And it puts Michelle’s character to the test in a lot of ways that Discovery can’t. In some ways it will be her Unforgiven, I would say.” Unquote 

And yesterday we got the news the Star Trek Picard will not be just a one shot series. The show has been renewed for season two. However Michael Chabon will not be a part of season two as he’s been named showrunner for the adaptation of the Cavalier and Klay novels over at showtime. No word on when the second season will be, but It’ll probably be in late 2020 or sometime in 2021.

William Shatner is going someplace he knows very well, Divorce Court. The soon to be Four Time Divorcee has filed for divorce from his wife Elizabeth, his wife of the past eighteen years. This will be a smooth divorce as Mister Shatner is a fan of prenuptial agreements. Bill first got married back in 1956, that lasted to 1969. His next one was from 1973 to 1994. His next marriage in 1997 didn’t last long ending with the death of Nerine Kidd in 1999. Odds are that this latest marriage will be his last. William Shatner is 88 years old.

Good news or bad news depending on what side of the coin your on. Quientin tarantino speaking with the consequence of sound dot net was asked if Star Trek was going to be part of hsi planned ten films. He replied quote I think I’m steering away from Star Trek, but I haven’t had an official conversation with those guys yet. In a strange way, it seems like this movie, Hollywood, would be my last. So, I’ve kind of taken the pressure off myself to make that last big voilà kind of statement. I mean to such a degree there was a moment when I was writing and went, “Should I do this now? Should I do something else? Is this the 10th one?” No, no don’t stop the planets from aligning, what are you, Galactus? If the Earth is saying do it, do it. Not that it was an argument, but a little thought, like, “Well, if I’m gonna go out like Max Ophüls style, Lola Montez, this is it, and if It’s not good, then all my other work is trash, alright.” This would have been the one. But in a weird way, it actually kind of freed me up. I mean, I have no idea what the story of the next one’s going to be. I don’t even have a clue. Unquote 

And now for some sad news Michael Lamper, husband of Next Generation actress Marina Sirtis has passed away. Marina broke the news on twitter saying quoteI’m going to be gone for a while. My beloved husband passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. For those of you waiting for a shoutout on Cameo, please forgive me I don’t feel up to i. I’ll let you know when the service is back on. Unquote Michael was a rock guitarist and musician who once portrayed an Acamarian Gatherer in the TNG third season episode The Vengeance Factor.  He and Marina married on June twenty first 1992 with Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn acting as groomsman in a traditional greek ceremony. His rock carrer saw him play with such musicians as Tommy Shaw from Styx, The Allman Brothers, Quiet Riot and Los Lobos. He was 61. My heart goes out to Marina.

Geek

The Matrix Four has cast Jonathan Groff in an unknown role. Groff is most recently known for his role voicing Kristoff in Frozen 2. Johnathan joins returning cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Henwick.

Variety has learned that Will Poulter will not be in the Lord of the Rings series on Amazon. Variety has learned through their sources that scheduling conflicts will present him from being a part of it. As to what role he would have played is still unknown. 

Power Rangers is getting another big screen reboot, this time it will be at Paramount and will take it back to the 90’s. The Hollywood reporter reports that Paramount is currently in early negotiations with Johnathan Entwistle and would involve quote “a time-travel element that brings the kids to the 1990s, and in Back to the Future fashion, they have to find a way to get back to their present. Unquote 

To say that Disney had a very good year at the box office would be an understatement, The House of Mouse broke their own box office record of 7.6 billion set back in 2016 crossing the ten billion dollar ceiling. It should be noted that this doesn’t include it’s newly acquired Fox movies. If those are factored in the number would be nearly 12 billion.  Disney currently also holds six of the ten biggest movies of the year.

The Golden Globe nominations are out. Netflix walked away with thirty four nominations. Seventeen for motion pictures and 17 for television. HBO came in second with fifteen. The movie Marriage Story had the most for a film. While Chernobyl, the Crown and Unbelievable had the most for television. Geeky films getting nominations included Joker with four including Best Motion Picture, Best Director , Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix and best score. Also getting nominations were Frozen 2, How to train your dragon the hidden world and toy story 4. Only one Geeky tv nomination Game of Thrones with one best actor nomination for Kit Harington.

Death seemed to be busy. A few minutes ago I talked about the death of Deanna Sirtis’s husband. Well, there are three more.

First off, we say goodbye to actor Robert Walker Jr. The actor passed away in Malibu on December sixth. He will be best known to people as Charlie Evans the boy raised by the Thasians who gave him omnipotent power in the episode Charlie X. He also appeared in episodes of The Time Tunnel, Bonanza, the Six Million Dollar Man and Chips. He also had a role in the movie Easy rider. In a statement his wife said about roebert quote “Bob always beat to his own drum and stayed true to himself in all of his endeavors,” his wife said in a statement. “Although an accomplished actor, his true art was living fully. He was a photographer, drummer, raconteur and gallery owner. His love of the ocean kept him in Malibu, and he had great tales of his adventures paddling to Catalina from there. Bob [also] had a constant interest in developing his internal martial arts practice.” He is survived by his wife, seven children and five grandchildren. He was 79.

Next is Star Trek writer Dorthy Catherine Fontana better known as DC Fontana. DC began as a secretary for tv writer Samuel A Peeples, while working for him, she became a professional writer writing stories for The Tall Man and Frontier Circus. Later she began working for Gene Roddenberry’s series The Lieutenant as a secretary for producer Del Reisman. Eventually she wanted to work for Gene directly and after finding out that she wanted to become a writer, Roddenberry encouraged her. In 1964, she would publish her first novel, a western called Brazos River co written with Harry Sanford.

When Roddenberry began working on Star Trek and with the encouragement of associate producer Robert Justmn, she began working on the show Where she wrote the teleplay for Charlie X She worked on ten episodes overall including tomorrow is Yesterday, This Side of Paradise, which got her a promotion to story editor, Journey to Babel, friday’s child, the ultimate computer, The city on the edge of forever, The Enterprise Incident, That which survives and The Way to eden. After Star Trek, she worked with Gene again on the Questor tapes ,Genesis II and Star Trek The Animated Series.

After that she worked on scripts for other shows including The Six Million Dollar Man, Logan’s Run, Buck Rogers and The Waltons.

When the Star trek the Next Generation began, she went to Gene immediately where he pitched an idea to her that became the pilot episode Encounter at Farpoint. She would become an associate producer on the series but left during the first season due to reported  difficulties with writer Robert Lewin caused a bit of a falling out between her and Gene Roddenberry and she left. . She would later return to star Trek writing the Deep Space Nine episode Dax.

She also wrote the Star Trek bok Vulcan’s Glory and an episode of the fan made series Star Trek New Voyages.

DC Fontana is survived by her husband Dennis Skotak, who told the New York Times that the cause of her death was cancer. She was eighty years old.

Finally we say farewell to Rene Auberjonois, the actor known to Star Trek fans for his portrayal of 

Constable Odo on Star trek Deep Space Nine as well as directing eight episodes of the show. Rene was born in New York in 1940. After college he began his acting career in earnest working with theater companies in Washington DC, San Francisco , LA and New York. In 1968, he landed a role on Broadway appearing in three films simultaneously. A year later he would win a Tony Award for his role opposite Katharine Hepburn in Coco. He directed and acted in lots of productions over the years and was inducted into the American theater Hall of Fame in 2018.

His Film work is vast as well. He played Father Mulcahy in the film version of MASH, played a gangster in Police Academy 5, Dr. Burton in Batman Forever and appeared as Colonel West in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country. His final film role in a movie called Cortex has yet to be released.

But his most known work was in Television. He worked in that medium since 1966. Appearing in episodes of the Mod Squad, Night Gallery, The Jeffersons, Wonder Woman, LA Law, The Outer Limits, Chicago Hope, Stargate SG1, Frasier, Nash Bridges, Warehouse 13, the Good Wife and Many more. He is best known not only for his role as Odo, but the role of Clayton Endicott the third on the sitcom Benson as well as the role of Paul Lewiston on Boston Legal. His last tv role was in 2016 in four episodes of Madam Secretary.

He also did lots of voice over work appearing in the Disney’s the Little Mermaid Family Guy, The Smurfs, Snorks, Ducktales, Batman the Animated Series, the Pirates of Dark Water, The Savage dragon, Justice League and more as well as video games like, Star trek Deep Space Nine Harbinger, Uncharted 2 and 3, Fallout New Vegas, God of War and Star Trek Online. 

He died on December 8th from lung cancer that had metastasized. He is survived by his son Remy and daughter Tessa and his wife Judith. In a statement to the press his son Remy said that his father was a proud progressive and consummate professional and craftsman and praised his father’s work with Doctors Without Borders. He also said that he was a dedicated father and had a fantastic sense of humor. 

Rene Auberjonois was 79 years old.

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Tonight! Synder cut…subway sandwiches, Birds of Prey is not a sequel and we say Farewell to the man in the Big Bird on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 55.

So…here we are, just a week away from Christmas, little over a week until the end of the year. What do you want for Christmas? What do you want from next year?

Here’s what I want. I want to do a good job for you with this podcast. All I ask of you is to share the show with your friends, donate a buck or two if you feel generous. Just go to the site for more.

DC

Are you starting to get tired of all the calls to release the Snyder cut of Justice League? It’s kinda one of those things that just won’t die. Well Subway restaurants have put in their two cents via twitter. Snyder fans started it by asking the company how many retweets it would take to get a donation of 10,000 sandwiches by Subway. Subway responded by saying that 5000 retweets in five hours would get it done. The fans came through Subway soon tweeted quote  So you’re fast… and since you did it in under 214 minutes we are going to up the donation to 15,000 subs! And oh yeah, #ReleaseTheSnyderCut unquote Good on them and good on the fans. My guess is that the cut will eventually see the light of day. Maybe if they all pledge to make some movie of Warner Bros a success that normally wouldn’t they’d get the studios attention?

The cinematographer for Black Adam, Lawrence Sher is making some high claims for what the movie will be. Telling Collier during a Q&A for Joker quote “One of my interests about it is to continue to sort of — and we’ve talked about it with Dwayne and obviously with Jaume and DC — can we continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is?” “Like yes, of course you want it to be entertaining and it has to make a decent amount of money so it can’t live in such a fringe place that it doesn’t bring people in, but can we do something inventive? So that’s the goal is to continue to try to do something a bit inventive with it.” That’s a big bold claim for a movie that we haven’t seen anything from yet. Hopefully he won’t end up eating those words.

So what do you think of Jokers potential for an Oscar Nomination? Well if the critics choice award nominations are any indication. There’s a chance. Joker has received seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Adapted Screenplay for Todd Phillips and Scott Silver, Best Cinematography for Lawrence Sher, Best Production Design for Mark Friedberg and Kris Moran, Best Hair and Makeup, and Best Score for Hildur Guanadottir. They weren’t the only comics property to get some nominations: Avengers Endgame and Spiderman Far From Home got nominations for Best Action Movie. Avengers Endgame also got a nod for Best SciFi or Horror Movie as well as best visual effects. HBO’s Watchmen got a nomination for Best Drama, it faces off against Game of Thrones in that category but I think Watchmen’s got this. Watchmen’s Regina King got is up for Best Actress in  a Drama , Tim Blake Nelson is up for Best Supporting Actor, Jean Smart Watchmen and Gwendoline Christies is up for Best Supporting Actress. The twenty fifth Critics Choice Awards will be handed out on Sunday January twelfth.

Well here’s something to make you go huh? The upcoming Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn will have no ties to Suicide Squad according to BoP director Sue Kroll during a set visit by Screen Rant. She told them quote “You’ll see it in the movie, it’s a standalone movie, it’s not connected to Suicide Squad. It’s not a sequel, it’s not a continuation of that story. So it has nothing to do with her break out of prison. But you’re right, and we’ve been very upfront that this is about her emancipation. She and the Joker have broken up. This is her personal journey of discovery with these women. So it’s not related at all, so don’t try to apply linear logic to how the two go, because they don’t.” unquote She also told them that it has no similarities to Suicide Squad and that it was an oportunity to celebrate the amazing character. 

So let’s just unwind this this movie is…I’m assuming in the same universe as Suicide Squad, but it will in no way connect to Suicide Squad…not even a mention. They do realize that having Harley Quinn, the same character played by the same actress still connects it to Suicide Squad, don’t they? Maybe I should just stop and lie down for awhile, this is making my head hurt. Birds of Prey comes out on February seventh.

Let’s talk tv for a moment. The big Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover has had many cameos, Burt Ward’s Dick Grayson, Lucifer. Apparently Arrowverse producer Marc Guggenheim put out feelers to another star Nicolas Cage. In an interview with Indiewire Mr. Guggenheim said quote”We did reach out to Nic Cage,” Guggenheim revealed during an interview with Indiewire. “We reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it. There were people who would only do it for amounts of money that we could not ever afford. And there were other people who really wanted to do it, but couldn’t for scheduling. That was the case with a lot of, I have to say, the movie stars that we reached out to. The thing about movie stars is, they’re all shooting movies. And unless those movies are shooting in Vancouver, we’re kind of out of luck. But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.” unquote. Too bad, he could have finally gotten to wear that Superman suit on screen. 

The Crisis will conclude on January fourteenth. Maybe next year they should do Zero Hour.

Marvel

Kevin Feige Marvel Studios president and chief creative officer of Marvel confirmed at Brazil’s CCXP19 con that Disney Plus’ Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be all about what happens to the falcon after endgame. Quote “We saw Old Man Cap hand that shield to Sam Wilson at the end of [Endgame], and the question is, what did he do with it next? What does it mean for Sam Wilson and that shield?” Feige said at Brazil’s CCXP19. “That’s a big responsibility, and that’s very much what the show focuses on and is about.” unquote Unfortunatly Wilson will have to deal with the US government’s U.S. Agent just in time for Helmut Zemo to come back on the scene. Sounds interesting, we still have no release date though other than the always enigmatic Fall 2020.

Speaking of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier they’ve added two new cast members Desmond Chiam and Miki Ishikawa have been added in two unknown roles. 

Also at CCXP19, in a sit down interview, Mr. Feige confirmed that the Marvel Multiverse will be something that will shape the MCU for a long time to come.“When we first started the MCU, it was all about Tony Stark. Introduce the world to Tony Stark and that Iron Man armor,” “Then [we] went on to teach people what Asgardians were and learn about super soldiers then bring them together in Avengers. I’ve always loved space movies and I’ve always loved big intergalactic tales, which is why we did Guardians and the audience came with us so we could do a movie like Endgame. I always wanted to do time travel, which we finally got to do in Endgame. The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is going to crack it open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series before it that’s not WandaVision and for movies after it in a big fun way.” unquote it’s also thought that the Loki series will tie into this in some way, Well we will have even longer to wait than Falcon and the winter soldier. WandaVision comes out in Spring of 21 and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness comes out May 7th of 21.

Speaking of WandaVision, some paparazzi photos from the set of the show have surfaced online and they show that the space faring version of SHIELD will be in the show. SWORD. SWORD aka the Sentient World Observation and Response Department was one of the properties that used to belong to the 20th Century Fox subset of Marvel characters.

Could Venom 2 get an  R rating. And you might be able to thank Joker’s Billion dollar box office for that. Venom Producer Matt tolmach told Cinema blend quote  I mean, I think you always have to think about [it], now that that works. Having said that, our movie worked really well. Our franchise exists as it is, and I don’t think anybody is looking to just say, ‘Hey, they [did it]!’ We have a place in the world. So it isn’t like suddenly everybody’s considering what to do with the rating. … I think what Joker does is it tells you that you can succeed. For a very long time, that was the narrative. And Deadpool sort of wrestled that to the turf, and then Logan, but for a long time, that was considered totally forbidden. … So you know, I think it’s the greatest thing in the world that R-rated movies are being embraced by massive audiences. And it just means that there are more opportunities for that kind of storytelling.

Prepare to relieve the greatest moments in Marvel’s eighty year history. Marvel Snapshots will see Kurt Busiek bring together several creative teams for these eight standalone double sized issues which will include characters from the Golden Age to today through the eyes of ordinary people. Alex Ross will provide the covers.

First off is Sub Mariner: Marvels Snapshot number one. Best Selling Novelist and emmy Award winning writer Alan Brennert and artist Jerry Ordway join forces to tell an unforgettable story about Prince Namor set during WORLD WAR II featuring Namor, Betty Dean and the All Winners Squad. Alan Brennert in a statement on Marvel dot com said quote “I can honestly say that I enjoyed working on this story more than any comics story I’ve done in years. I grew up reading (and loving) Marvel’s Golden Age heroes in the 1960s, in reprints in FANTASY MASTERPIECES. But I never thought I’d have a shot at writing them—especially the All-Winners Squad!—and I’m grateful to Kurt Busiek and Tom Brevoort for providing me the opportunity, and to Jerry Ordway for bringing it all to glorious life,”. “I’m enormously proud of ‘Reunion’ and honored to be the first story published in MARVEL’S SNAPSHOTS.” unquote

This year’s long journey begins this March at your local comic book store.

Marvel has postponed the release of issue five, six and seven of X-Men by a month. Issue five will now be out on January 29th, issue six will come on February twelfth and seven will come on the twenty sixth of February.

Geek

We start the Geek news with a record setting opening…and not a good one. Playmobil: The Movie just set the record for the Lowest Box Office for a film opening in over 2000 theatres. The movie based on the toys was sort of an answer to the Lego movie. Unfortunately, Playmobil is not as well known as Lego. Rotten Tomatoes has given the movie a sixteen percent. We will check what it did this weekend and how won the pre Star Wars box office in just a moment.

From one record to another potential record setter. Disney’s Frozen 2 just became the sixth film from the House of Mouse to cross the one billion dollar mark this year.  According to Variety, the movie has over six million internationally and three hundred six million in the US. It’s currently the eighth highest grossing movie of the year. We will see if The Rise of Skywalker makes it seven, it would have just 11 days to do so.

Dark Horse Comics is set to adapt Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology into a mini-series. The book was released back in 2017 and features Neil retelling norse mythology starring Thor, Odin, Loki and others. It has been adapted into a BBC radio production. Next year, it’ll be an 18 issue series adapted by Gaiman and P. Craig Russell with colors fromDave Stewart and Lovern Kindzierski, letters by Galen Showman and art from a round table of artists like Jerry Ordway and Mike Mignola. Norse Mythology will hit comic book stores on May 27th, 2020.

Dynamite Entertainment is getting into the novel business. The company has announced the formation of Dynamite Books. First up is Vampirella: Blood Invasion written by Nancy A Collins. Here’s the blurb quote “In Vampirella: Blood Invasion, Vampirella left her planet of Drakulon on a desperate quest to find another source of blood that her people need to survive. After years out of contact, the skies of Earth fill with an armada of ships from her home planet. Thrilled at first to see her people, Vampirella is horrified to learn of General Orlok’s plan for her adopted planet. She must choose between her own kind or to take up arms with her partner Pantha and join a rebel army led by Count Dracula, Evily the Witch and Doctor Frankenstein and his patchwork monstrosities.” unquote 

It’s out now along with a line of audiobook adaptations of existing novels including Shaft The Original Novel by Ernest Tidyman. Dynamite Books plans to release one new novel a month.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

Finally tonight we say goodbye to someone who was a big part of all of our childhoods, Caroll Spinney. You might not know that name but you’ll know the characters he played on Sesame Street, Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. 

Caroll was born in Waltham Massachusetts on December twenty sixth 1933 and became interested in puppetry at a young age. After high school, he served in the Air Force where he created a comic strip called Harvey. After he left the service he moved to Las Vegas where he performed in the show Rascal Rabbit and a few years later he moved to Boston where he would eventually perform on Boston’s broadcast of Bozo’s Big Top.

IN 1960, he got married to his first wife Janice and had three children, they would divorce in 1971

In 1962, Caroll first met Jim Henson at a puppeteering festival, where Jim asked him if he wanted to talk about the Muppets, unfortunately due to a misunderstanding, Caroll didn’t know that he was being offered a job, He met Henson again in 1969 at a Puppeteer festival in Utah, where he was offered to talk about the muppets again. This time Caroll took him up on the offer and he joined the Muppeteers full time later that year, joining the cast of a new show called Sesame Street.

In 1979, Caroll would get married again this time to Debra jean Gilroy whom he would remain married to the rest of his life.

Unfortunately, Caroll would eventually develop dystonia and in October of last year, Spinney announced his retirement from Sesame Street, handing the role of Big bird to matt Vogel and Oscar to Eric Jacobson. 

In his long career, Caroll would win four Daytime Emmys, two Grammys, a gold record, a star of the Hollywood Walk of fame, the Library of Congress Living Legend Award and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Caroll passed away on December eighth at this home in Connecticut. He was eighty five years old.

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Show Notes: Episode 52:Baby Yoda’s Merchandising Bonanza and Episode 53: Sorry Robert, Batman IS a hero

Tonight! Star Trek 4 is back on, Baby Yoda is hotter than sliced bread and Trouble on the Satellite of love, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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So did you buy anything on Black Friday?  I did, have you noticed that I sound different bought myself a new AT 2020 mic from Sweetwater.com, I also upgraded my tv setup with an Amazon Fire TV Cube. It’s nice to be able to tell my digital assistant to turn on the tv. Picked up a few blu rays from work. Other than that not much, I have my eyes on convention season next year. 2020 is going to be a good year.

Anyway let’s get to the news…

Star Trek

Star Trek 4 is apparently back from the dead. The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that the Legion and Fargo creator Noah Hawley will direct the fourth film based in the JJ Verse. This film is, of course, a different film than the Quentin Tarantino movie that has been in gestation for a couple of years. And this is totally different than the movie that was in the works earlier this year that would have had Chris hemsworth back as Kirk’s father. Mister Hawley will produce the movie with his 26 Keys shingle alongside Bad robot. No idea on when this movie will be made or distributed.

CBS Television Studios and the Television Academy Foundation are joining forces to launch the Star Trek command training program, a new internship program for college students. The program will launch in 2020 and will reflect the Star Trek franchise’s core values of inclusion and diversity. The program will place two internes per semester on a current Star Trek series based in LA.  Selected interns will actively engage in the writers room, wardrobe design, on set production, animation and post production.

The Academy will oversee the application, vetting and enrollment of the interns and CBS will do the mentorships and program curriculum. The Academy foundation will also give the interns lifetime professional support through their alumni program. The application period starts now through January 21, 2020 with final selections being made at the end of March. 

William Shatner has been awarded The Order of Canada, one of Canada’s highest civilian honors. The award is given to Canadians for outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Honors are given out by the Governor General of Canada from nominations from the public with recommendation from the Order’s Advisory Council.

He was actually appointed to the Order back in 2017, but he’s been apparently too busy to receive the award.

Doctor Seuss Enterprises is firing back at ComicMix after they lost the case over Oh The Places You’ll Boldly Go!, a parody of Oh the Place you’ll Go!. According to Bloomberg Law quote “ComicMix prevailed on summary judgment in March after more than two years of litigation. The trademark claims failed because the title didn’t mislead consumers, and artistic style and font aren’t protectable trademarks, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California ruled.” unquote.

Now Dr. Suess enterprises is appealing the ruling and their being backed the Motion Picture Association of America who’s Amicus brief said quote “There is nothing original about merely combining or ‘mashing up’ protected expression from two copyrighted works to justify such a sweeping exception to the normal rules of fair use.”unquote 

When a decision is made, we will let you know.

Jack Johnson, a production illustrator for Star Trek The motion Picture will receive the lifetime achievement award  at the 24th annual excellence in production design awards. Jack has worked as a production illustrator, concept artist or art director on dozens of films like Goonies, edward Sissorhands, Independence Day and Beetlejuice. The award will be given on February first 2020.

Creation Entertainment has announced that the 2020 Star Trek Vegas Convention will be held on August fifth through ninth at the Rio Suites Hotel. The con will see the return of the Nevada Pops Orchestra on Saturday Night. If you’d like me to go there someday…you could always donate to the Patreon or Kofi, please.

Star Wars

The Mandalorians “Baby Yoda” character seems to be causing baby fever online ever since the character debuted in the first episode of the series. While not actually Yoda, the character will have merchandise hitting store shelves soon just in time for the holidays. His image has been plastered on shirts, mugs, bags, phone cases and tumblers on the shop disney site. It’s not great merchandise and seems kinda half assed. Hopefully better merch will come soon.

 JJ Abrams had a unique reaction to the death of Supreme Leader Snoke in the last jedi. He laughed. Talking with rolling Stone the director of The Rise of Skywalker said “When I read his first draft, it made me laugh because I saw that was [Johnson’s] take and his voice. I got to watch cuts of the movie as he was working on it, as an audience member. And I appreciated the choices he made as a filmmaker that would probably be very different from the choices that I would have made. Just as he would have made different choices if he had made Episode VII.” What did surprise him? Luke Skywalker he them quote “I felt the biggest surprise was how dark Luke was. That was the thing that I thought: “Oh, that was unexpected.” And that’s the thing The Last Jedi undeniably succeeds at, which is constant subversion of expectation. The number of things that happened in that movie that aren’t the thing you think is going to happen is pretty fun.”

In that interview JJ talked about Rey’s path since The Force Awakens and how she’s taken to the Force like a fish to water, even faster than her mentor Luke Skywalker. JJ said quote Yeah, spooky, right?”Abrams with a smile in an interview with Rolling Stone when the subject of Rey’s Force prowess came up. “It’s a fair point. It’s not an accident.”

Respawn entertainment Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order has revealed a striking piece of backstory about Star Killer base. Namely that it used to be the Jedi Planet Ilum. The planet was located in what was known as the unknown regions and was a sacred Jedi site where Padways would harvest their kyber crystals for their own lightsabers. However after the fall of the Jedi, the Empire mined the planet and used the crystals for the primary weapons on the death stars. Apparently the First Order went even farther using the planet’s core to destroy the New republic. The game is now available on Playstation 4, Xbox one and PC.

You got tickets for opening night of the Rise of Skywalker, why not go dressed in style in your new Star wars sneakers from Adidas. There are three different styles. The Ultra Boost S&L designed after the X-Wing fighter with gray and orange colors and the phrases Stay on target and The force will be with you always on them.

The Ultra Boost 2019 is inspired by the Millenium Falcon and features a metallic yarn upper with metallic elements throughout, including the heel counter and cage. These elements will meld with a gray and blue upper and will come emblazoned with the phrases, “JUMP TO LIGHTSPEED” and, of course, “NEVER TELL ME THE ODDS.” Dope.

And the Adidas Alphaedge 4D with a uniquely 3D printed midsole and inspired by the death star. The shoe’s midsole will still be in the 4D line’s signature mint green while the upper will be a matte black. It’ll come with “THAT’S NO MOON” and “THE POWER OF THE DARK SIDE” printed on the shoe. These shoes are now available on the Adidas website. 

And while we’re on the subject of Star Wars merchandising, Instant Pot has hopped on board with a Star Wars Collection of Instant Pot cookers exclusively at Williams Sonoma including a 6 quart R2-D2, Storm trooper or Darth Vader at 100 bucks apiece. A small 3 quart BB-8 at 80 bucks and an 8 quart Chewbacca for $120. These pressure cooking, slow cooking, rice cooking, steaming, sauteing, yogurt making, and a warming option. There are other appliances from Williams Sonoma including a Han Solo in Carbonite Roaster and a Porg Pie Bird. You can go to their site for more information and availability.

Geek

The end of the year starts award season, this time it’s the Hollywood Professional Association or HPA. They handed out their awards last week at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The winner of Outstanding Color Grading Theatrical Feature went to Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse, Outstanding Color Grading for TV went to Game of Thrones for the episode Winterfell, outstanding editing for television over 30 minutes went to Stranger Things episode Chapter eight The Battle of Starcourt. Godzilla King of Monsters won Outstanding Sound Theatrical Feature and The Haunting of Hill House episode two Storms won Outstanding Sound for tv. The Lion King won outstanding visual effects theatrical. While Game of Thrones The Bells won the visual effects word for tv under 13 episodes and The Orville episode Identity Part II won for a show over thirteen episodes. 

Congratulations to all the winners.

Disney Plus and Netflix are coexisting… for now. According to a report in Business Insider, Disney Plus has yet to have had a major impact on Netflix.Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson suggests he has not seen an increase in the 1700 Netflix subscribers that he has surveyed who plan to cancel Netflix in favor of Disney plus. He said quote “We have not seen an increase in the percentage of Netflix subscribers who expect to cancel Netflix in favor of Disney+,”. “In other words, most existing Netflix subscribers appear to be trending towards multiple streaming video subscriptions.” unquote So I guess the question for 2020 becomes how many streaming services are too much?

Doctor Who Showrunner Chris Chibnall is not going anywhere, in fact he’s already working on season thirteen. In an interview with radio times, Chibnall pushed back against rumors that he would be leaving the show, rumors that have been going around since 2018. He told Radio times quote Please write this verbatim: Somebody made that up, it was a lie,” Chibnall said. “It’s 100% Grade-A—shall I say nonsense, or shall I say bullshit?”“We’re already planning the next series after this series unquote 

He also said that they would be taking more storytelling risks this season quote “It feels like a step up,” “It’s probably more ambitious than last year. Scale, storytelling, everything. I would say we are aiming to keep moving forward and up. There are bigger moments this year.“”Last year was a recruiting year for the show, and I think we managed to recruit some people for the show,”. “We’re building on last year. There are lots of new faces, a few old faces. There are some things trickling through, which might be important. It’s different! I think you always need to take new, big risks from a storytelling point of view.”

Doctor Who will return with season twelve in 2020.

M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV show hasn’t even premiered but Apple has already given the show an order for season 2. The first three episodes of Servant debuts on Apple TV this week. The show is about a young troubled couple who replace their newborn baby with a lifelike doll after their baby dies from health complications. It stars Lauren Ambrose, Nell Tiger Free and rupert Grint.

An analysis of viewer data collected and analyzed by Broadband Choices shows that viewership of The Walking Dead started after Negan’s first appearance in the season six finale Last Day on Earth. The first episode of Season Seven saw the gruesome executions of Abraham and Glenn. However it’s not all bad news Season 9 saw a noticeable uptick in the ratings and the current season  has been the highest rated season on Rotten Tomatoes.

Well everything must come to an end again and again. Mystery Science Theater 3000 has been canceled, for the thrid time in it’s history. This time by Netflix. Show host Jonah Ray revealed the bad news in a post quote “So, Netflix decided to not do another season of MST3K. We are off to Get Down in Lilyhammer while the OA helps us take it One Day at a Time. We will be in group therapy with Tuca & Bertie, Jessica Jones & Lady Dynamite. The sessions will be run by Gypsy (w/ Naomi Watts.)” Ray tweeted in a thread that name-checked the other shows that Netflix has canceled over the years. He went on to note that MST3K has always found a way “figure out how to survive,” singling out runs on Comedy Central, Syfy, Rifftrax and Cinematic Titanic. “Now if only I can convince @shudder to pick us up and let us share a night with Joe Bob Briggs?” unquote MST3k has it’s known originally ran on Comedy Central for seven seasons, than on SciFi for 3 more seasons. It was revieved in 2015 by a Kickstarter campain and Netflix bought the streaming rights. Now the show is homeless again. Could it find a new home? I guess we will have to just wait and see. HBO, Apple, NBC do any of you wanna take a crack?

Finally tonight we say farewell to actor Michael J Pollard. He’s best known to sci fi fans for his guest appearance on the Star Trek episode Miri in 1966. He also acted on Lost in Space, I Spy, The Andy Griffith Show and The Lucy Show. He also played the homeless man in the Bill Murray holiday classic Scrooged and Mr. Mxyzptlk on the Superboy tv show.  He received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of CW Moss in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde. He died at the age of 80 in Los Angeles from cardiac arrest.

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EPISODE 53

Tonight! Stargirl heads to the CW, Spider-Woman returns to comics and a long game of Monopoly, that and more on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 53

Can you believe we’re in December already? This year has just booked along. So do you have a favorite comic book this year? Or a favorite comic book movie? What do you think was the biggest story of the year? I guess these are the questions you ask at the end of the year? I would be interesting to tap your brain. Drop me a message on Twitter, Facebook or email multiversetonight@multiversetonight.com or just go to the contact page on the website.

DC

A billion dollars makes people do crazy things. Like make sequels. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros is going forward with a sequel to Joker, bringing back Todd Phillips to direct and cowrite alongside Scott Silver. A deal for Joaquin Phoenix hasn’t been made but he most likely will be back as well.

On top of this, Todd Phillips met with Warner Bros Chairman toby Emmerich and got permission to develop solo movies for one or two other DC Villains. So I guess the question is who does he want to do a Joker type movie about?  Any thoughts.

Geoff Johns Stargirl series is heading to the CW. According to comicbook.com the series will first debut on the DC Universe app before getting a broadcast tv premiere a day later. Stargirl follows the adventures of high school student Courtney Whitmore played by Brec Bassinger as she inspires an unlikely group of young heroes to spot the villains of the past. The series is due in 2020.

The Rock, Dwayne Johnson speaking with comic book dot com confirmed that the Justice Society of America will be introduced in the Black Adam movie. The justice society was DC’s original super hero team debuting in the 1940’s. No idea on the line up for that team .

News recently came out that producer Hiram Garcia in working out how to cross over Black Adam and Shazam. Maybe they should meet in Shazam 2?

Some more the Batman casting news. Man is this movie getting overstuffed. Director Matt reeves confirmed that John Turturro will be playing crime boss Carmine Falcone, the leader of the Falcone Crime Family in Gotham. He joins Andy Serkis, Colin Farrell, Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Jeffrey Wright and Robert Pattinson in the film, due out in June 25 of 2021. We all should expect our casting calls to be in the movie any day now.

While we’re on the subject of The Batman. This story has me kinda puzzled. Robert Pattinson in a new interview with Today had an interesting response to why he wanted to be a superhero. Pattinson responded quote”Batman’s not a superhero,” Pattinson replied. “It doesn’t count. You need to have like magical powers to be a superhero.” unquote. And apparently he said something similar to The New York Times quote  “Batman’s not a hero, though. He’s a complicated character,” Pattinson explained. “I don’t think I could ever play a real hero—there’s always got to be something a little bit wrong. I think it’s because one of my eyes is smaller than the other one.” unquote

Okay, Robert? Captain Sparkle Vampire? Batman is a hero. He’s just a dark superhero. His super powers are his brain. He can out think villians who have powers that would crush any other man. You might wanna read the source material before you defame the character. Okay Bob?

Some DC Comics news incoming Batman writer James Tynion the fourth has revealed his plans for the series when he takes it over in January. First up, Batman is going to “fix” Gotham City. James wrote in his newsletter THe Empire of the Tiny Onion quote  “He has just faced tremendous failure in the last year of story,” Tynion wrote, referring to the current “City of Bane” arc. “He lost his City, and lost his way… But now that he’s back, he has an almost manic intensity. He is going to fix things. He’s going to make it so nobody like Bane can ever do this to the city again.” unquote 

He will also keep the romance between Bruce and Catwoman going quote “With Selina on his arm, the ‘Playboy’ Bruce is dead,” Tynion continues. “Every waking minute is dedicated to the rebuild of Gotham City, both as Bruce Wayne as Batman. He is in control of every room he enters, and people are a little frightened of him. He is one of the richest people in the world, and he has experienced so much loss. But it’s clear he’s trying to make the city better. People admire him, because most people in his shoes would have left Gotham a long time ago.” unquote

However Tynion does say that the comic going forward will be an action horror superhero comic where the villains and Batman will be frightening quote “The villains of Gotham fear him, and he is going to take that fear and wield it like a weapon to get his city back under control,” writes Tynion. “Batman doesn’t just show up in broad daylight to scare his villains, he uses tricks and shadows, and voice modulation to make it seem like he can be anywhere and everywhere at once.” unquote He also compared Batman being like Michael Myers to the villains of Gotham. 

His run will have quote three big stories” that will also affect the other Bat titles and will have a rotating art team. Tony S Daniel, Guillem March and another unnamed artist.

His run on Batman begins January eighth with issue eighty six.

DC has announced a new Birds of Prey Giant will be released on January twenty-second , 2020. This special will come out just sixteen days before Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of ONe Harley Quinn comes out in theaters.

Marvel

A near mint copy of Marvel Comics Number One from 1939, the best copy of the comic in existence sold at auction for 1.26 million dollars at a public auction of vintage comics and comic book art held by Heritage Auctions in Dallas Texas on November twenty first. This copy was rated by the CGC at a 9.4. This comic also set a world record as the most expensive marvel comic book ever sold at auction. It was also the most expensive comic ever sold by Heritage auctions.

Spider-Woman is getting a new comic series, starting this March. The comic will be written by Karla Pancheco with art by Pere Perez. Jessica Drew aka Spider Woman recently came back to prominence after becoming a member of Marvel’s new Strikeforce team. Karala Pacheco is excited to tackle the character saying in a release quote I love Spider-Woman, and I’m incredibly excited to share this series with both new and old Jessica Drew fans alike. This is big, can’t miss, over-the-top action, some very surprising ‘venom blasts from the pasts,’ and also a TON of helicopter explosions. It’s a super fun adventure with a lot of twists and turns…and seriously, so many helicopter explosions. We’re taking Jess bigger and badder than she’s ever been before, and I can’t wait for readers to see what we’ve cooked up. Unquote 

New Ultraman comics are coming. Marvel and Tsuburaya Productions are teaming up for a series of new comics and graphic novels based on the Japanese anime series. The partnership was announced at the Tokyo Comic Con and was teased with art on Ultraman by artist Alex Ross. Marvel editor in chief CB Cebulski said in the press release quote “As one of the world’s most popular franchises, Ultraman has brought together some of the most passionate fandoms in pop culture today, and we can’t wait to bring his story to even more fans around the globe…Like Marvel, Ultraman captivated generations by telling spectacular stories grounded in the real world, and it continues to be a beloved classic through its television shows, movies, toys, games, comics, and more. We are so thrilled to introduce new chapters to the Ultraman Multiverse next year.” unquote 

Details about the new releases weren’t forthcoming, so we will have to wait for a later date to learn more. 

In an interview with GQ, Tim Blake Nelson revealed that The Incredible Hulk movie would have been the setup for The Leader to appear in three MCU films. Quote “I got called down to the lobby of the Mercer Hotel to meet Louis Leterrier and Gale Ann Hurd, who’s producer,” Nelson recalls to GQ. “They said, ‘We want you to play this science character,” and I’d read the script. He was a wildly eccentric guy, mainly in the second half of the movie.” “I thought that was interesting because I haven’t been in one of these movies before and they said, ‘Well, you’re going to become the villain in the next movie, so you’ll basically be signing up for three movies and you’re going to be this character called The Leader.’ And I thought ‘Oh my God, this is fantastic.'” unquote Unfortunately the film didn’t do well enough to get a sequel and ever since the Hulk has been a team-up character in other superhero’s movies. 

Tim Miller is now talking about his split from Deadpool over creative differences he had with star and producer Ryan Reynolds. He told KCRW’s The Business podcast quote “It became clear that Ryan wanted to be in control of the franchise,”  “You can work that way as a director, quite successfully, but I can’t. I don’t mind having a debate, but if I can’t win, I don’t want to play. And I don’t think you can negotiate every creative decision, there’s too many to make. So Ryan’s the face of the franchise, and he was the most important component of that, by far. So if he decides he wants to control it, then he’s going to control it.”“I’ve always been pretty good at the ‘moving on’ thing. I care deeply, and then you get to this point where you’ve gotta make a decision, and I’m pretty good about putting it in my rearview mirror. We had a meeting at Fox, and the writing was on the wall, so I said, ‘I get it. I’ll quit, and you guys can do what you need to do.’” unquote  Miller wanted more of a stylized sequel while Reynolds wanted to focus on the comedy . Deadpool 2 did quite well without Tim Miller, making 785 million at the box office. 

Venom 2 is starting filming under director Andy Serkis. Venom 2 will see the return also of Michelle Williams and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady. Venom 2 will be out October second, 2020.

Geek

The Maxx will be made into a live action project courtesy of Channing Tatum’s Free Association and Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment. The Maxx is a character created by writer and artist Sam Keith and follows the adventures of a masked hero who protects the Jungle Queen in an otherworldly realm called the Outback, however in our world he resembles a homeless man with a mask, who’s mutterings and ramblings are just dismissed as mental illness. The Ma was first published by Image Comics back in 1993. And was brought to MTV in 1995 as part of the Oddities animation block.

Ever feel like a game of Monopoly can go on forever. Well now Hasbro has a version that will. The Monopoly: Longest Game Ever edition will be a test of your endurance. The game features 66 properties, three for each location and the game doesn’t end until someone owns all of them. Also, there is only one die and bankruptcy won’t end the game as the rules allow players to rip the bills in half along the dotted line. If you want to torture yourself and friends, you can find it on Amazon right now.

Christina Miller, president of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, turner Classic Movies and Boomerang will be leaving Warner Media at the end of the year. Miller in a statement said quote“This is not a decision I came to lightly,” “It’s one of the hardest I’ve had to make in my career. Ultimately, it feels like the right time for me to leave and take a little time to think about what comes next, but I do so, feeling immensely proud of the work we’ve done together and so grateful for the experience.” 

Miller has led the division for the past five years and is the latest WarnerMedia exec to hit the exit door since AT&T bought Time Warner. 

David N Weiss who has written Shrek 2, The Smurfs and The Rugrats movie and tv franchises has been chosen to receive the Writers Guild of american West’s 2019 Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award. His film credits include Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius, The Two Rugrats movie and The two Smurfs movies. His tv credits include Rugrats, Cybill, Mission Hill and The Downtowners. Those last three he wrote alongside his writing partner J. David Stem.

Stem and weiss are currently writing a remake of Harvey for Netflix and Disenchanted, the sequel to Enchanted at Disney. WGAW president David A Goodman said about David  quote “David N. Weiss is not only a great writer, he has been a great leader of this guild,” “A passionate organizer, he has helped lead the union through some of its greatest struggles, including the continuing fight to get WGA coverage for our members’ animated work.” unquote 

Batman actress Joan Staley has passed away at the age of 79. Joan is known for her roles on the Dick Van Dyke show, 77 Sunset Strip, The Munsters and The Ghost and Mr. Chicken

.She would be known to Batman fans for the role of Okie Annie on the Batman TV series episodes Come Back Shame and It’s How You play the game. Joan Staley passed away from heart failure on November 24th. She is survived by her husband Dale Sheets, her seven children, 10 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren. 

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Show Notes: Episode 50:Deal with Star Wars Diversity and Episode 51: Warner Bros. goes Blue

Tonight! A Discovery star gets engaged, Rian Johnson has words for diversity haters,  and Disney Plus is doing just fine on this fiftieth edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Episode fifty, pretty snazzy. I thank all of you watching and listening. 

So, have you started watching Disney Plus? What was the first thing you started watching? Probably the Mandalorian. Not me. I watched The Black Hole. Pretty decent sci fi movie for the era. It does what a lot of those movies did in the seventies. Starts with an overture over a black screen before starting the scene like 2001 A Space Odyssey and Star Trek The Motion Picture. It has sort of a draw your own conclusion type of ending. Wonder why Disney hasn’t considered rebooting it? 

Anyway, I think Disney Plus is pretty decent for the price, but I do think they need to add a last watched feature to the starting page. Some of us don’t sit down and watch things from beginning to end. I tend to treat things i stream like books, I pick it up, watch it for a while, then put it down.

Anyway let’s get to the news…

Star Trek

The original Star Trek Animated Series will be leaving Netflix in December. According to the info page for the show on Netflix it’s quote available until 12/01/2019. This will be the first Star Trek show to no longer be available on Netflix. Most likely CBS will be bringing it to CBS All Access and the show is also available on Amazon Prime.  Star Trek The Animated Series ran for 22 episodes and for many fans acts as Season Four of the original series. It was also the first Trek series to win an emmy, as it received the Emmy for Outstanding Entertainment Children’s Series in 1975.

While we’re on the subject of Trek animated series, it’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about the new one. Star Trek Lower Decks is due out next year and comic book dot com talked with voice actor Jack Quaid, who will play Ensign Brad Boimler on the show. Quote “We’re in the middle of recording that now. To get to be a part of that world, in any way, is so cool. That show is just, it’s very different from Harvey Girls. It’s way more adult, but it’s so hilarious and surprisingly sweet and very Trek. Fans of Star Trek will get little inferences and things that we sprinkled throughout the show, but also, I think it’s very accessible for people who don’t know a ton of lore as well. It’s just like a fun show in space.” unquote. Harvey Girls Forever was the actors first voice acting role. 

Lower Decks is expected to arrive sometime in 2020.

Congratulations are in order to Star Trek Discovery star Anthony Rapp who tweeted the happy news that he is now engaged to fellow actor Kenneth Mitchell, who has portrayed several Klingon characters on the series. Rapp tweeted quote “So something happened tonight,” “I asked Ken if he would marry me and he said yes. I am so very happy and I’m so very thrilled to share this news.” Rapp plays the first openly gay series regular in a Star Trek show.

Congratulations to the happy couple, Discovery returns in 2020 and season two is now out on Bluray and DVD. 

Discovery actor  and comedian Tig Notaro recently spoke with Space dot com. About being in sci fi roles in Discovery and the sci fi movie Lucy in the Sky, she said that she didn’t seek out these sci fi roles but felt quote “…open to that world. “It’s very different,” “I like it, I like being a recurring role on “Star Trek” … I’m not looking to become a full cast member but I enjoy the world, and I enjoy the cast and crew, and I think what I have going on is kind of perfect.” unquote She was a fan of the original series as a child saying quote “I did follow ‘Star Trek’ when I was a child, the original series … obviously I’m more familiar with Discovery now, but I love being a part of it, if just simply for the ability to tell people I am on ‘Star Trek,’ it’s really fun to be able to say that.”  unquote 

She also told space dot com that she might enjoy playing characters that work in space, she’s not sure that she would want to go to space herself. Saying quote “I think it’s really exciting and terrifying,” “If I could be in space, I would like to just be teleported; I don’t know that I would want that actually takeoff and journey to outer space.” 

“I was just talking to my wife about that; she has absolutely no interest in being in outer space. I don’t think were gonna run into ‘should we go, should we not go?'” “I would bring my sons. I really think they would be interested.”

“It’s fun, I’m proud to be a part of it,” “My sons, they think I actually work in space because whenever I go off to Toronto to film ‘Star Trek,’ I always tell them I have to go work on the space rocket “

Would you like a small statue of Captain Spock in your home? Sideshow and Darkside Collectibles Studio are set to release a one to three scale museum statue of Captain Spock as seen in Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn. The statue is the spitting image of Lenord Nimoy as his iconic character circa 1982.. It’s 25 inches tall in the iconic monster maroon Starfleet uniform. The statue is made in polystone resin with life like skin details and is limited and individually numbered. Orders are being taken now and it will whip in the fourth quarter of  2020. But be prepared to open your wallet wide, it’ll cost you $1299 or $146.13 a month on a payment plan. 

Star Wars

Some people took issues with Star Wars The Last Jedi and the amount of diversity in the casting. Because how dare a galaxy far far away has more than one woman and more than one person of color in any kind of prominent role. If this is you, than Rian Johnson has some strong words for you. While speaking at a live event for WIRED while promoting his new movie Knives Out with Chris Evans, he said quote “If someone’s responding to diversity negatively, f— ’em,” Chris  Evans responded to that quote “If anyone didn’t like the movie, I’m not saying that’s why they didn’t like it… It wasn’t surprising at all to me, I grew up as a Star Wars fan. And I grew up- I was in my twenties when the prequels came out and this whole idea that it’s all been sunshine and roses and suddenly everybody’s yelling at each other is baffling to me.” Rian than added quote “And I feel like people care deeply about Star Wars, and every single person has a slightly different version of what they think Star Wars is. And so much of the fun of it is arguing about it. Since we were kids, right? On the playground, you’re yelling at your friends about who would win in a fight… It’s part and parcel about the passion of being a Star Wars fan.”  Unquote Maybe we should take a page from Frozen and Let it Go?

With the Rise of Skywalker on the way, there’s sure to be more trolls bashing Naomi Ackie, who’s in the movie as a character named Jannah. She however did get some advice about it from someone who got bashed alot Kelly Marie tran. Kelly gave the new Star Wars actor some advice. Naomi shared that advice with Metro quote “I think watching the experience of Kelly Marie Tran and talking to her, I got a lot of inspiration from her about how to grow a thicker skin when it comes to people’s opinions of not just your work, [also] who you are,” “There’s a difference. That’s a challenge but I’m fired up. I feel good about it ultimately.”  unquote 

The ramp up for The Rise of Skywalker is in high gear. Daisy Ridley talking with Adoro Cinema about a scene that left her and the crew visibly moved. Quote “There was a scene that touched me a lot,” Ridley told Adoro Cinema. “It was our last day shooting in Jordan and the natural light was fading. And it was so exciting. It was just a short scene, we filmed very fast, but the crew was shaken in a way I had not seen before. And I thought, ‘My God, if this is people’s immediate reaction when the scene isn’t even ready, imagine what it will be like to see it in the movies, with the John Williams soundtrack and all that.’” unquote As to what that scene was I guess we’ll have to wait however, you remember the scene from the trailer with her in dark robes and a double bladed red lightsaber, Daisy did discuss that scene saying quote “That scene was filmed in England in November,” “There were huge water cannons and it was really, really cold. Everybody literally soaked. It was hard, but it was also amazing because the scene caught the immediacy of the reaction.” unquote 

Carrie Fisher’s death was heartbreaking. But what might be even more heartbreaking was the plan for Leia that was supposed to occur in the Rise of Skywalker. According to Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher, she was to go full Jedi. Todd, speaking with Yahoo Entertainment said quote “She was going to be the big payoff in this final film,”“That’s what the intent was. She was going to be the last Jedi, so to speak… People used to say to me, ‘Why is it that Carrie never gets a lightsaber and chops up some bad guys?’” unquote A final storyline for Leia was created for the final movie in the Skywalker saga using deleted scenes from The Force Awakens. The Rise of Skywalker comes out in a month.

Star Wars Obi Wan Kenobi Writer Hossein Amini thinks that making a series instead of a movie was the right idea. Amini talked with Discussing Film about the upcoming series. Quote “I think because of what we were speaking about before, the situation is so complex both for him personally and in a way, the state of the galaxy, you sort of need time to explore it and to be honest there are loads of other stories within that period as well, it’s quite a few years,” “There is so much going on between [Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope] that hasn’t been explored. The idea of being able to go into a character journey plus the politics and plus all the vastness of the empire and what’s going on is exciting just because it feels like a proper period of history and sometimes that is hard to do in two hours. Sometimes with two-hour movies there is always an imperative for the action and the plot to move particularly fast and quickly and to go from action sequence to action sequence and there are many more aspects to storytelling that I find interesting.” unquote

No word yet on when the series will come to Disney Plus.

Disney CEO Bob Iger on the latest investor earnings call says that a lot of guests are holding off on visiting the Disneyland and Disney World until the Galaxy’s Edge is fully opened. There is one more e-ticket attraction coming to the Star Wars themed attraction, Star Wars Rise of the Resistance. It will open up in December at Disney World and on January seventeenth at DisneyLand. However even with the lower attendance at the parks it’s still been a good year at the Disney Parks. They’ve seen an eight percent increase in revenue. 

Speaking of Mr. Iger, on that same call he announced that the Star Wars films will be taking a little break with Iger saying that their current thinking is that Marvel and Star Wars are more than just movie franchises.  Of course, it’s not like they’re gonna stop making content, there are 3 Star Wars series in production. 

 Geek

Can a third Fantastic Beasts movie be what’s needed to keep the  Harry Potter film franchise going? Warner Bros announced that the third in the Fantastic Beasts franchise will start filming this spring. The third one is expected to put more of a spotlight on Jude Law’s Dumbledore with more action at Hogwarts. The movie will also take the story to Rio de Janeiro. Warner Bros still plans on making five movies in the Fantastic Beasts series. The third will hit theaters in November of 2021.

 The Halo series at Showtime has added three new actors. Danny Sapani, Olive Grey and Charlie Murphy have all joined the show based on the videogame. Sapani will play Captain Jacob Keyes a dedicated military man, war hero and caring father who finds himself working alongside his daughter and his ex wife. 

Grey will be playing Dr. Miranda Keyes, a brilliant UNSC Commander who is trying to learn the technology, language and culture of the Covenant and Charlie Murphy will play Makee an human who was orphaned and raised by the Covenant and shares their contempt for humanity.

The series, which began filming in Budapest this month, has a nine episode commitment from Showtime and is scheduled to air on the first quarter of 2021.

The Wheel of Time series on Amazon has casted Michael McElhatton , he will play Tam al’Thor the adoptive father of protagonist Rand al’Thor. Michael is best known for his role as Roose Bolton on Game of Thrones.

Wheel of Time  stars Rosamund Pike and Josha Stradowski. No premiere date has been announced. 

Even before the launch of Disney Plus, Disney was doing quite well for itself. In its fourth quarter earnings call the studio reported total revenue of 19.1 billion exceeding analysts estimates of 19.04 billion. Toy Story 4 and Aladdin did well for the studio  and even losses on it’s Fox inherited films like Ad Astra, the art of racing in the rain and Dark Phoenix were partially offset by income from tv and streaming. The stock closed up after the launch of Disney Plus. By the way, I must note that I hold a little piece of stock in Disney.

Amazon has given an early renewal for it’s Lord of The Rings series…the show has just begun pre production in New Zeland. The head of Amazon Studios Jennifer Salke has confirmed to Deadline the news that the second season is already in the works during the company’s holiday party at the H Club in Hollywood. Amazon has had the rights since 2017. 

The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the Chris Pratt led sci fi thriller The Tomorrow War will come out Christmas 2020. The movie is being produced by Skydance Media and Paramount was previously known as Ghost Draft. The movie is set in a future where humanity is losing a war against aliens and in order to turn the tide of the war, scientists have begun drafting soldiers from the past. The movie also stars Betty Gilpin and JK Simmons and is being directed by Chris McKay.

Welcome to Fantasy Island …of Horrors. The trailer for the Blumhouse and Sony Pictures big screen version of Fantasy Island has arrived. The movie will be a supernatural horror film will follow Michael Pena’s Mr. Roarke who makes his guests secret fantasies come true…but then their fantasies become nightmares and the guests have to solve the mystery of the island if they want to save their lives. The movie stars Lucy Hale, Maggie Q, Austin Stowell, Portia Doubleday, Jimmy O. Yang, Ryan Hansen and Michael Rooker round out the cast.

The movie arrives on my birthday, Valentine’s Day.

NBC’s The Good Place is going out with a bang. The Good Place will have an extra long 90 minute farewell which will include an extended episode has well as a post show special with the full cast and hosted by Seth Meyers on January 30th.

Disney has moved back the release date for  Fox’s Kingsman prequel The King’s Man back seven months from February 14th to September eighteenth,  2020, The Mathew Vaughn directed film stars Ralph Fiennes and looks at the origins of the world’s first independent intelligence agency. 

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Tonight! The She Hulk show gets a pickle rick of a writer, Titans goes for another season and The Batman movie hires some villains all that and more on this comic edition of Multiverse Tonight.

Greetings and welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Episode 51

Still playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 on the Switch. Still going good, although I’m slowing down.

Can you believe we’re already in the end of November? Just a short hop , skip and a jump to the end of the year. At least we have some new Rick and Morty to watch.

Marvel

Disney Plus’ She-Hulk has found a new writer in Rick and Morty writer Jessica Gao. Jessica won an Emmy for writing the Pickle Rick episode. This is the first development for the show since it was announced at D23. This comes after the news that Jeremy Slater, who developed THe Umbrella Academy for Netflix will be overseeing the Moon Knight series. Could the hiring of Jessica Gao show that She-Hulk will have or of a humorous bent?

Marvel head Kevin Fiege in an interview with Bloomberg news told the outlet that the Disney Plus Loki series will directly tie into doctor Strange and the multiverse of madness. It;s not the only Disney Plus series to tie into the movie as WandaVision will as well. The six episode Loki series won’t be out until 2021.

Marvel studios might be doing well today. But the recession almost killed it before it got started. In order for Marvel Studios to get off the ground, in 2005, MarveI needed a huge loan. It got 525 million from Merrill Lynch. It was good timing, in 2008, the great recession happened and that money would have dried up. Talking with The Hollywood reporter’s Scott Feinberg , Kevni Fiege confirms the fact that Merrill Lynch wouldn’t have been able to provide that funding saying quote “That’s a good question I hadn’t thought about. We wouldn’t have gotten the loan afterwards, you’re probably right,” unquote . why? Simple. Merrill Lynch was a casualty of the recession after losing 51.8 billion in the subprime mortgage catastrophe. The company ended up being sold off to Bank of America. 

Now here we are almost a decade and a half later and Marvel has billions of dollars. 

Zachary Levi was almost Starlord.James Gunn, the maker of the Gaurdians of the Galaxy movies confirmed the fact during a q and a on instagram stories.  According to Mr. Gunns answer to the question about Zacary Levi being considered, James Gunn wrote quote “Yes. And he was amazing,“”So when Peter Safran, the producer of Shazam, came to me asking about who would be good as the character I strongly suggested Zach. I’ve been told by Peter and the DC folks that’s what got the ball rolling. But I think it was #zacharylevi’s immense talent that did that.”

Levi responded to the post on his Instagram saying quote”And brother, it means the absolute world,” “Thanks for seeing that in me, and sharing that conviction with others. It helped literally change my life. I hope we get to work together at some point soon.” unquote 

In another universe, it was so. Anyone up for universe hoping?

The Tokyo  burglar nicknamed The Ame-zing Spider Man may have been caught. According to the site FNN.jp, a Mr. Hiroki Horiguchi was arrested on November first for allegedly breaking into a rooftop office in the Tokyo neighborhood of Shinjuku. The 26 year old man allegedly than broke a window, got in and got out with 66,000 yen which is approximately six hundred five dollars american.

Because of the techniques and methods used, they thought that he has the serial burglar dubbed the Ame-szing Spiderman. The burglar had a thing for scaling buildings to get access to his targets. The reason he was called ame-zing is this. All the robberies took place at night that a rainstorm or typhoon took place. Ame is japanese for rain.. The Ame-zing Spider Man is suspected of at least a dozen burglaries. 

DC

The CW has officially given the fifth season of Legends of Tomorrow it’s premiere date. 

According to a report from Deadline, the show will return on Tuesday January 21st

After Arrow. Their will be a special edition of the show on the fourteenth that will tie into the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover. 

We also got word that the last series finale of Arrow will be a two hour affair on January 28th. The first hour will be a finale preview with the last episode following that.

While we’re on the CW verse The Flash star Danielle Panabaker announced that she and husband Hays Robbins are expecting their first child. Danielle announced it via instagram with a photo of herself eating breakfast with the caption eating for two with a winking face emoji. According to a report a report from People magazine, the couple will welcome their child in the spring of 2020. Danielle and Hays got married back in 2017.

Author Neil Gaiman, speaking with Radio times gave an update on The Sandman series that’s being made for Netflix. He told the program quote “There are three of us, showrunner [Allan] Heinberg, [David S.] Goyer and me, and we’ve just finished writing the first episode, and plotting and breaking down the first two seasons, so we’ll see what happens next.” unquote. No second season has been officially greenlit and no word has come forth on casting, production or release dates.

DC Universe and Warner Bros Television have officially announced that Titans will be coming back for a third season. The series debuted on the streaming service in 2018 and is currently in the midst of it’s second season. The second season has seen the team of young heroes face off against Deathstroke. The third season will arrive in the fall of 2020.

California is still suffering from fires if you’ll remember my interview with Orville Producer Tom Costantino, that interview had been delayed from the week before due to a fire that caused his family to be under a voluntary evacuation order. Now Deadline reports that the warner Bros lot had to be evacuated as a precautionary measure after a small brush fire broke out in the hollyWood Hills near the studio. 

The Barham fire started near 3694 North Barham Blvd. Which is just about a half mile from the 

Warners studio lot, around 152 in the afternoon of  Saturday November 2nd. Luckily by 510 pm that day the Los angeles fire department reported that forward progress had been stopped. By that point the fire had burned 34 acres in the hills between Burbank and Universal City. 

Speaking of Warner Bros, the studio has announced that it’s updating its logo. The logo is a now elongated blue shield with the letters WB on it.  It harkens back to how the logo looked in the 1930’s. The new logo will begin appearing on the companies productions starting in early 2020. If you’d like to look at all the different variations on the wb logo I’ll have a link to a site that has a detailed history of the different permutations of the iconic logo.http://annyas.com/screenshots/warner-bros-logo/

We got some Batman casting news. First off The Batman director Matt Reeves confirmed on twitter that Andy Serkis will play the role of Alfred Pennyworth. He joins Robbert Pattinson has Batman, Jeffery Wright as Commissioner Gordon, Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Colin Farrell as Oswald Cobblepot, newcomer Jayme Lawson will be playing a new character named Bella who is a grassroots political candidate running for office …or is that a ruse and  she’s playing Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl and Paul Dano from There Will be Blood has been cast as Edward Nashton aka The Riddler

It looks like it’s truly the end of the line for Batman’s father figure slash butler. Alfred Pennyworth. DC has confirmed that he was indeed killed by Bane. His death will be explored in Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. a new one shot by James Tynion the fourth and Peter J Tomasi with art by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira. Here’ s the description quote “Alfred Pennyworth served the Wayne fam­ily for decades—even through the terrible loss of the Dark Knight’s parents. His shocking death at the hands of Bane is the only event that could possibly compare to that fateful night in Crime Alley, and it leaves Bruce at a similar crossroads. If Alfred was the glue that held the Bat-Family together, how will Batman deal with that all falling apart? And if the Caped Crusader is to be truly alone, he might either hang that cape up once and for all…or double down and carry on with this vengeful quest for­ever.

 Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P. celebrates the life of one of the most important people in the history of Gotham City, while also addressing questions about what’s next.” The issue comes out on February 12th, 2020.

Geek

So you’re watching Disney Plus and your bring up the Simpsons and are dismayed that they’re being presented not in their original aspect ratio of 4:3 but in the zoomed in 16:9 ratio. Well you’re cries of anguish has been heard. Disney in a statement said quote “We presented “The Simpsons” in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons. Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons (and some episodes from Season 20) of “The Simpsons” available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series.” unquote During season 20 was when the show went to the 16:9 aspect ratio of today.

We talked a few minutes ago about how Warner Bros has looked to the past to update their logo. Now Deadline reports that Warners is bringing back Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepard that was credited with saving the studio in the 1920’s. 

Matt Lieberman, who wrote the upcoming animated movie Scoob and the animated Addams Family movie will be writing the new movie. The movie will be made with Andrew Lazar’s Mad Chance productions along with rights holders Sasha Jenson and Jeff Miller. Apparently the plan is to make the dog the John Wick of dogs. A hero elite military dog on a covert mission to stop a large scale attack. So if John Wick saw the dog got killed, Does Rin Tin Tins humans get killed?

HOcus Pocus 2…is probably something we don’t need. However since it’s gonna get made let’s check in on where it is. The Hollywood Reporter asked Sarah Jessica Parker about it. Asking if she knows anything, she said quote No, I don’t know. There has never been a conversation ever in our lives. Someone just asked me on Instagram, and I said: “We all said we’d love to someday.” But that’s the extent of the conversation. I’ve been asked so much recently about this — it’s a seasonal question… it’s appropriate! Unquote The reporter than added an addendum to the answer in the article quote [When asked, “Any chance of a sequel?” last week on Instagram, Parker responded: “We have all said yes. Now we wait.”] unquote

Sin City is coming tv thanks to Legendary TV. The producer has struck a deal with author Frank Miller to adapt the series of comics into a tv series. The studio is currently looking for a distribution deal and they are close to a deal with Robert Rodriguez who directed the feature film version. The deal with Frank Miller also calls for an animate prequel as well.  Frank Miller regained the film and tv right to sin city just last year.

The People’s choice awards have come and gone. And Avengers Endgame won Movie of 2019. And Action Movie of 2019. Robert Downey Jr. walked away with Make Movie Star of 2019. Zendaya won Female Movie Star of 2019 for SpiderMan Far From home,Tom Holland won Action Movie Star of 2019,  The Live Action Aladdin won Family Movie of The Year, Beyonce won Animated Movie Star of 2019 for The Ani-live action lion king. Stranger Things won Show of 2019 and Drama Show of 2019. Millie Bobby Brown won Female TV Star of 2019. Outlander won Binge Worthy Show,and Shadowhunters wn Sci-Fi/Fantasy show

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Tonight! Ewan McGregor finally gets to spill the beans, Could Janeway get a monument? And we talk about The Orville with a special guest  on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. 

So how was your Halloween? My wife and I had about 50 kids over the night. Not a lot of costumes as it was kinda cold. And then we had the time warp again a few days later, Daylight Savings time needs to be abolished. It’s no good for anyone. Especially me, I don’t get an extra hour of sleep, I get an extra hour of work at my job.

This episode we have an interview with Tom Costantino. An interview that we would have recorded last week except, he had to prep his family for a voluntary evacuation from a fire that was in the LA area. 

Anyway, Let’s start with the news…

Star Wars

We start with Star Wars news and Ewan McGregor who must feel so much better now that the news has been announced that he will be returning to the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi for a Disney Plus series. The actor told Men’s Journal that quote “It’s a fucking massive relief,” “Because for four years, I’ve been having to lie to people about it.” unquote. However he’s only being allowed to say that the show will be six hour long episodes. He also reveals that the story quote sits between Episode III and Episode IV unquote He also wants to quote “…get closer and closer to how Obi-Wan felt while Alec Guinness was playing him. I feel like I’m grayer and nearer him in age, so it’ll be easier to do that.” unquote  I can see it. Right now ewan is just 17 years younger than Alec Guiness was when the film debuted.

Filming on the show will start in the summer of 2020 and will debut on Disney Plus in 2021.

The trailer for the Rise of Skywalker was big news and now the movie is showing up in everything including The United Airlines In Flight Safety video

https://youtu.be/21hbvm69i4k

And speaking of the movie it smashed pre sale records in its first 24 hours, the JJ Abrams helmed movie has racked up more advanced ticket sales than any previous title in the series according to Atom tickets. Tickets went on sale after the trailer was released during Monday Night Football. It is also Atom tickets second biggest title in first day sales behind Avengers Endgame and has sold two and a half as many tickets as The Last Jedi. Although this has come with controversy from some circles saying that some entity bought up tickets in blocks in order to achieve this. I try to stay out of rumors until I see actual proof. 

In a stunner this past Tuesday, it was reported that Game of Thrones tv creators David Benioff and DB Weiss are out of a planned new Star Wars trilogy that had been announced over a year ago. Benioff and Weiss in a statement said quote “We love Star Wars. When George Lucas built it, he built us too,” . “Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything. But there are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects. So we are regretfully stepping away.” The first of the trilogy would have been out on December  sixteenth of 2022. This news comes after last months revelation that Kevin Feige was developing a Star Wars movie. Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm did express her appreciation of Benioff and Weiss and hoped to work with them in the future when their schedules weren’t so busy. However the duo did just sign a five year two hundred fifty million dollar deal with Netflix, so I guess they will be tied up for some time. Maybe Disney and Lucasfilm should ask for open submissions for the next trilogy?

So why have so many directors come and gone from the franchise? Apparently the answer might be creative control. According to a piece in Variety, in the beginning the filmmakers were promised a level of creative control. However multiple insiders that talked to Variety new ideas were commonly shot down as it seems that Kenedy and her team wanted people to stick to the company line.

Benioff and Weiss would have explored the distant past of the universe to explore how the Jedi came to be.  However the studio and the pair started to diverge on their vision for the new trilogy

Apparently the final straw was after pair signed their deal with Netflix, and Kathleen Kennedy not believing that they could focus on both projects at the same time.

I’m not going to recap the entire article here, but the article is fascinating and there’ll be a link to it in the show notes. https://variety.com/2019/film/features/star-wars-kathleen-kennedy-david-benioff-db-weiss-1203388611/

Star Trek

A lot of Voyager news this edition, first off, The Captain Janeway Bloomington Collective is currently seeking crowdfunding support to create and install a monument to the future Starfleet captain in her future hometown of Bloomington Indiana. The proposed monument would be a bronze bust of Janeway on a limestone base in the shape of a Starfleet insignia with stainless steel plating. It will have info on Janeway and her backstory and her connection to the town. Annd will be installed on Bloomington’s B-Line Trailer The campaign is sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and is now live on Patronicity. Artisan Alley leads the campaign with permission from CBS Studios.  If they achieve their goal of at least 12,500 by December 21st, they will receive a matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. This January will be the 25th anniversary of the debut of the series on nUPN. They are about halfway to their goal.

Titan Books has announced The Autobiography of Kathryn Janeway; The History of the Captain Who went Further Than Any Had Before. The book written by the Admiral and edited by Una McCormack. Recalls her journey through the Delta Quadrant. The book come out on July fourteenth, 2020.

Titan has also announced other Star Trek hardcovers in 2020. The art of Star Trek Discovery by Paula M Block and Terry J Erdmann. The book includes cast and crew interviews, photographs from the set, concept art and storyboards with never before seen content from the first two seasons. It comes out on April twenty-eighth, 2020.

Also coming out from Titan is Star Trek The artistry of Dan Curry, written by Dan Curry and Ben Robinson. It covers his emmy award winning work from the Next Generation through to Star Trek Enterprise The book will offer a look at some of Curry’s techniques and reflections on highlights from his Star Trek career in his own words. The book includes photos and illustrations from Curry’s own collection. It also contains contributions from Star Trek stars such as Michael Dorn and Scott Bakula. The book goes on sale on September 1, 2020.

Geek 

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings series has a main villain. The series has cast Game of Thrones Joseph Mawley according to sources to the Hollywood reporter. Mawle is believed to be playing a character named Oren. He joins Will Poulter and Markella Kavenagh in the cast. Production on the show is set to begin in 2020. 

Stranger Things fourth season will consist of eight episodes. But the next season is still a ways off, Filming will start in January and will wrap in August. So we won’t have a summer premiere like the last season. Maybe a Halloween debut?

Netflix has released some preview photos for it’s new vampire series V Wars, based on the book series by Jonathan Maberry. The series follows a doctor and his best friend who has been transformed into a vampiric predator. Ian Somerhalder plays Dr. Luther Swann and Adrian Holmes plays Michael Fayne. Here’s the official synopsisDr. Luther Swann (Ian Somerhalder) enters a world of untold horror when a mysterious disease transforms his best friend, Michael Fayne (Adrian Holmes), into a murderous predator who feeds on other humans. As the disease spreads and more people are transformed, society fractures into opposing camps pitting normal people against the growing number of these “vampires.” Swann races against time to understand what’s happening, while Fayne rises to become the powerful underground leader of the vampires. Unquote The ten episode first season will arrive on Netflix on December fifth. Just in time for Christmas.

Speaking of Netflix, they have renewed Katee Sackhoff’s series Another Life for season two. The series, which centers on Sackhoff’s astronaut Niko Breckinridge and her crew as they take on a high risk mission to investigate and alien artifact and find extraterrestrial intelligence. The ten episode season will begin production in 2020. Season one is out now.

Disney Plus will not rotate it’s content like other streaming service once the service debuts on the eleventh. A spokesman for Disney Plus confirmed to comicbook dot com that nothing licensed will be rotated each month and nothing from Disney’s Signature Collection will be rotated in or out. This is a change from the past when Disney used to bring out a classic movie for a limited time and the then put it back in the quote “Disney Vault” unquote 

Let’s get to that interview with The Orville Associate Producer and Editor Tom Costantino.

Thomas Townley: My guest today is part of one of my favorite shows, The Orville. He joins us from the Fox studio lot in Los Angeles. Please walk up my associate producer and editor Tom Costantino.

Tom Costantino: Yes, thank you. Actually they gave me a bump. It’s co-producer, hope producer.

Thomas Townley: Well, congratulations.

Tom Costantino: Oh yeah, it’s just a more, more work. [inaudible]

Thomas Townley: okay. Now, well, start off by telling us more about yourself and what you do on the show.

Tom Costantino: Uh, well I, uh, I’m, I’m happy to also be the supervising editor. I started on the pilots and have been here ever since. Um, I’m sort of in charge of all picture cutting and uh, I have some various other responsibilities which some above some of the things with social media, uh, comic con, uh, and a lot of other minutiae that I would never dare to bore you with. But uh, there is a lot, there’s a lot of big shows, so there’s a lot to do. So we all, it’s all hands on deck.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And what would you say this is the best part of your job?

Tom Costantino: Best part of my job actually is doing stuff like this, getting, having, having a real time interaction with, um, with uh, people who are very appreciative of the show and just, and, and also the fact that I’m a huge, you know, I mean I’m a huge scifi nerd and star Trek fan and I never thought that this font of useless information somehow earned me a living.

Thomas Townley: Well, I am deeply honored. Um, now some news dropped yesterday, deadline.com reported that Anne Winters as joining the cast as a series regular. Can you tell me anything about what her role is on the show?

Tom Costantino: I, unfortunately, I can’t, but she does play an integral part of the show and she’s awesome. Uh, sitting behind you. I have some dailies of her and, uh, yeah, we’re happy to, happy to have her. Um, but, uh, you know, a contrary to popular opinion. She’s not replacing Adrian. That’s all I’m going to say. That’s that. No, she’s a, yeah, she’s a, she’ll be with us, uh, this season and she’s gonna fit right into this crazy cookie bunch.

Thomas Townley: Awesome. And, uh, well, right now, where are you in the filming of the season?

Tom Costantino: Uh, we are, we are, uh, we’re, we’re only a few weeks into filming, uh, and we’re, uh, you know, we’re working on the first episode and some of the, uh, some subsequent other early episodes, uh, were not quite block shooting, but we’re trying to, you know, uh, you know, gather as much material as possible. Um, so, uh, yeah, we’re, we’re basically part of the way through the first episode and some others, not much past the third. Okay. It’s a nonlinear answer to a two or a nonlinear question. The, normally I would say, you know, I would have a more definitive answer, but we’re, we’re trying to gather as much material as possible.

Thomas Townley: Oh yeah. And, uh, I know, I know you have an, an NDA. There’s not really much you can tell us. Is there, is there any way, any kind of a hint you can give us.

Tom Costantino: about.

Thomas Townley: anything.

Tom Costantino: specifically? Uh, well, I kind of said this before, so I don’t want to be cliche, but, uh, you know, a lot of the, a lot of the story threads that people were loving in season two and season one, they will not be forgotten. You know, we’re not going to ever be serialized. It’s not our, it’s not our style, but we, we’re not going to forget our history. So I can totally say that. And you know, uh, I, I, this has been said before, but, but it’s true. You know, we had an identity part two and uh, tomorrow, sorry, that’s tomorrow. That’s the 12th day you have a road not taken. You know, we had like two of those and then some other ones, but now we have like seven of them. So…

Thomas Townley: Awesome.

Tom Costantino: Yeah. So we’re bigger.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And, uh, was kinda been your favorite episode so far?

Tom Costantino: Yeah. Ever?

Thomas Townley: Yeah.

Tom Costantino: Uh, you know, it’s a fight for me between, I mean, they’re, they’re all our babies, but, uh, you know, I have a soft spot for the Clare Isaac narrative, so I always will love , Into the Fold and A Happy Refrain, but I thought, you know, having to sit on the finale, uh, you know, that was, that was the most gratifying to sort of like live scroll that on Twitter and, and uh, so, so, but, uh, but I mean, as for my softspot, I would say it’s A Happy Refrain.

Thomas Townley: Cool. And, uh, has, as we know, this, uh, third season is going onto Hulu and they sent you some cookies I saw.

Tom Costantino: Yeah. Oh, good. Oh good. They looked good. Yeah, they’re sure. And they were like, they were like a shortbread cookies or something. I got one of the last ones. I didn’t even take that picture.

Thomas Townley: And, uh, also since, uh, Fox(sic, Disney) has merged with Hulu. Has, has Disney had any kind of contact or influence on the show yet?

Tom Costantino: Uh, yeah, I wouldn’t say influenced, but they’ve been very receptive. Uh, you know, we had a kickoff meeting with them, sort of catching them up on stuff. I mean, uh, you know,It’s mostly business as usual. We, we’ve been pretty lucky in terms of like, Fox has been really understanding in terms of, you know, what the show is and how much larger it can be than sort of network shows. And that’s why they kind of, you know, allowed the Hulu transition. And um, yeah, I mean there hasn’t been any sort of like, you know, any, I mean, I think people make bigger, not you personally, but they make bigger stories or like, you know, like, Oh my God, the corporate overlords are coming in. No, no, it’s not, you know, it’s not like that. I mean, there’s definitely infrastructure changes and really boring stuff, but everyone’s been pretty supportive so far. I, it’s, it’s, you know, it’s hard to, it’s hard to deny cause I’ve heard of other situations, but now granted we’re early into it. I mean, who knows? Ask me again in a year.

Thomas Townley: Okay. And, uh, well since you’re under the Disney umbrella, the Muppets are also under that Disney umbrella as well. Could you see other Muppets or than Kermit show up on the show, perhaps in the environment simulator?

Tom Costantino: Oh my God. I don’t know if we’ve ever, ever explored that a, I think we did get Kermit cleared. Um, I think there’s probably some legal loopholes we’ve got to get through, but I would also say that we probably have some other, probably pretty fun guest stars and other things before we’ll get to the Kermit stuff and the miss piggy stuff. However, that would be awesome to recreate that in the simulator.

Thomas Townley: Yeah. You don’t want, you know, I like to see, I’d like to see Ed jamming with Rowlf the dog.

Tom Costantino: Really? Yeah, I’ll mention that to Seth.

Thomas Townley: Yeah, that would, I think would be, that would be a really cool combo right there.

Tom Costantino: I love Rowlf.

Thomas Townley: Oh yeah. Oh yeah.

Tom Costantino: Originally. I mean, I’m assuming, I’m assuming maybe we can do, maybe we can link some of them with pigs in space or something and then we’re like, we’relike [inaudible]

Thomas Townley: Ooh, that’d be, that’d be cool right there. That’d be awesome. Um, okay, now you’re, you’re in your third season. Do you see, could you see any chance of an Orville movie in the far future?

Tom Costantino: Yeah, I mean, be honest if, if, if everyone’s willing and Seth is, it’s really, if Seth has it in him and, and, and the fates are right, sure. Why not? I think we’re all open. We’re all here as a labor of love. So I would imagine if, if he wanted to do it and people wanted to pay for it, that we would all stick around and try and, you know, blow people’s socks off for two hours and some odd minutes.

Thomas Townley: All right,

Tom Costantino: now I won’t rule it out.

Thomas Townley: Now let’s take a take a turn into merchandising here. Now the Orville has a comic books from Dark Horse comics and they’ve been very well received. Are there any plans for a novel based on the series?

Tom Costantino: Plans for a novel…. You know, I will, I will get you an answer. I don’t, I have not heard anything about a novel. I know that there might be more things in the vein of comic books, but if anywhere person were to do it, it would be, it would be Mr. David Goodman, Uber talented David Goodman. So next time I see him I will ask him, which will probably be tomorrow because I’ll see him on set.

Thomas Townley: Cool.

Tom Costantino: But that’s a good question. I actually actually don’t know. You know, we’re just starting to see fan films, which is exciting. So I’m just going to have that. 

Thomas Townley: [inaudible] cause cause that would, that would really go over well with me. I love, I love the old star Trek novels.

Tom Costantino: really.

Thomas Townley: back in the day and, and the Orville would seem like something that would go great with a novel.

Tom Costantino: Well, I think the comic was that basic idea, but I could imagine a world where, you know, where that, that can happen. But, uh, I, it’s funny, it’s one of those, it’s one of the few loopholes. I haven’t really, one of the things I haven’t really heard much about or been involved or there’s toys and other things come on away, but, uh, that I will check into.

Thomas Townley: Excellent. And finally, what is your favorite scifi show? Other than The Orville?

Tom Costantino: *grabs a Battlestar Galactica Colonel Viper ship and slaps it on the desk*

Thomas Townley: Battlestar Galactica.

Tom Costantino: I rarely have a visual aid, but you happen that I don’t know if you time that, but yeah, yeah, no, I mean, of course I love star Wars and you know, all these old Star Wars and uh, I mean, I, I mean as fan I like some more obscure stuff, but uh, you know, like the black hole and stuff. But, but the, uh, more than anything, these guys also have Doug Drexler down the hall. He gave me this. So cool. You know, that’s the most exciting thing so far of being able to interact with my, I don’t want to make them that much older than me, my childhood hero, but my hero of postproduction and makeup. So yes, I would say BSG.

Thomas Townley: Alright, awesome. Well, thank you very much for your time, Tom. And the…

Tom Costantino: I’m saying this publicly, apologize about the fires last week. Kind of screwed up our last meeting.

Thomas Townley: Oh, that’s it. That’s okay. You know, I hope you and everyone out there stay safe during the wildfire season. And uh, I hope we can talk again once the Orville debuts on Hulu next year.

Tom Costantino: Yes, please. We’d love to, I’ll bring, I’ll bring some friends. We’ll do, we’ll do some more and uh, but before then I will definitely get you to answer about the novels.

Thomas Townley: Oh, cool. Thank you. Thank you very much.

Tom Costantino: Alright, you have a good one.

Thomas Townley: You too.

Tom Costantino: We’ll talk soon. All right, bye.

Good interview.

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Episode 49

Tonight! The Bronx says stop dancing down our steps, Superman gets a new series and The Spiderverse comes again on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight.

A few days ago I started playing Luigi’s Mansion 3 for the Nintendo Switch and it’s a very good game. However it is one that you will need to limber up your fingers for it. It uses almost all the buttons in rapid succession. 

By the way, if you’ve been watching HBO’s Watchmen, be sure to look at the Peteypedia on the shows website. It’s full of all sorts of backgoround on what’s happening in that weeks episode. 

I hope you tuned into the last episode, I had a great interview with Associate Producer and Editor Tom Constantino from the Orville, if you wanna hear what he said, just go back one episode in the feed.

Let’s get one with the news

DC

So you love the Joker movie and want to recreate Joaquin Phoenix’s dance down that set of stairs. That set of stairs is in the Bronx neighborhood of New York  at the corner of Shakespeare and Anderson in Highbridge and you might not want to go there. According to a report, residents of the community aren’t thrilled with the attention and one man decided to send a message by throwing eggs at some of the tourists descending the staircase. The man even videode himself and uploaded it to twitter shouting at the people quote “Y’all not spending no money in my store, but come and take pictures. Get the f*** out of here!” unquote In other words, be kind, spend a dime.

Brandon Routh is saying Goodbye to Legends of Tomorrow. The Former Superman, current The Atom star said goodbye via Instagram saying quote “My final day of filming with my #LegendsFamily. I love you all & appreciate the 5 seasons we’ve spent together.

It hasn’t always been easy, but I think that’s what makes it harder to leave—getting through the growing pains of the first few seasons has bonded us. 👊🏻 And made the last three seasons a blast! I’ve never been at a job this long, so this is new for me. 😢 I think I will miss you all and the fun we’ve had making this silly show on the #Waverider—as much as I’ll miss bringing #RayPalmer to life. Love & blessings on a great finish to the season. 🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️”

Both Routh and his wife Courney Ford who plays Nora Darhk are leaving the series. Series Executive Producers Phill Klemmer, Grainne Godfree and Keto Shimizu told Deadline quote “Brandon and Courtney have been invaluable members of the Legends family,” “They have always brought a level of passion and collaboration to their characters and to the show — both on and off the screen – that we deeply admire and for which we are eternally grateful.”

Speaking of endings. Arrow co-creator took to Twitter to explain the meaning behind the series finale’s title “Fadeout” in the post he displayed a drawing of a bow with callouts to what all the parts of the weapon . He circled the bottom of the bow which is called the Fadeout. Wonder if Starling city will be destroyed one time… 

Warner Bros tangentially Batman related Joker has passed Deadpool 2 to become the highest rated R rated movie. The film has totaled over 790 million dollars.. Deadpool 2 grossed in 785 million last year and the first deadpool garnered 782 million. Ryan Renolds congratulated Joker with a tweet saying quote “R-rated box office congratulatory posts aren’t like the ones you’re used to.” unquote . That was because it came with a redone pic of the movie poster with the words you mother f*cker , heart Deadpool , Neo, Pennywise, Jesus, Hugh Jackman, the Wolfpack, Mr. Grey, Ted

Batwoman’s ratings have slowly slipped down since the premiere, but the CW has confidence in the show giving it and Nancy Drew full season pickups. CW went on to emphasize that both shows Plus 3 and Plus 7 numbers are doing good. With double digit gains. Not only have they given batwoman a full season they have extended the season order from 13 to 22.

Lucifer is in the midst of filming its final season and Kelly Calrkson on her talk show got to visit the set with her mother and sister, while there Tom Ellis announced that the sixteen episode season will be split in two saying quote “Season 5 of Lucifer is going to be split into two halves. Netflix are gonna drop eight episodes and then there’s gonna be a little break, and then they’re gonna drop another eight episodes.” unquote There will also be a special black and white 1940’s themed episode with a musical flair. The release date has not been announced.

Wonder Woman 1984 director has all but confirmed that Pedro Pascal will play Maxwell Lord. She tweeted a pic of the character from the comics with “Well hello…Max” #WW1984 she tagged Pedro Pascal in the post, which is what is leading the speculation that Pedro will be Max.  The character was created back in 1987 and debuted in Justice League number one. He was first just a backer of the league but later turned into a more sinister character. Wonder Woman 1984 opens in theaters on June fifth, 2020. Seems like they better get crackin on that movie…

Superman is returning to tv. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will play the titular characters in Superman & Lois. Former Flash showrunner todd Helbing will be writing and executive producing the new series. And will follow Lois and Clark as they deal with all the problems of being working parents in today’s society. Of course, you know that Greg Brelanti will be executive producing the show alongside Helbing, Berlanti Productions Sarah Schechter and DC’s Geoff Johns. 

The CW is also working on a female focused arrow spinoff with Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy. So when will the CW just become the DCW already.

Marvel

One of the best jokes in Avengers Endgame was Captain America looking at his past self lying face down on the ground and remarking “This is America’s Ass. In an interview with Syfy Wire Endgame writer Christopher Marcus explained that originally it was only Tony Stark and Ant-man on the joke. But then it grew. He told them quote “It sort of grew on its own,” “The first thing that was there was Tony looking at Cap’s terrible Avengers outfit and going, ‘that suit does nothing for your ass.’ That stood on its own for a while, and then Ant-Man was added to the scene, and he said, ‘I think that’s America’s ass.’ And that was the joke for a while.” unquote His writing partner Stephen McFeely decided to add Cap in on the joke during the reshoots he told Syfy Wire quote “We redid the Cap on Cap fight, the ending of it, and that helped us tremendously,” “And then we needed to get out of that scene a little differently, and there [2012 Cap] was, slumped on the ground with his butt in the air.” unquote And movie magic was born.

By the way, Christopher Markus also talked with CinemaBlend and told the site that he would like to see MODOK as the next big bad. Quote “I always go back to the guy I always want to see on screen, which is MODOK,” “Also, part of me… it’s hard to say if he was officially destroyed, I wouldn’t mind seeing a third incarnation of Zola. Now in a robotic body. We got him from human to face on screen, I’d like him to get mobile now. I can’t say that’s going to happen, but it’d be fun.”

MODOK aka Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing was originally a guy named George Tarleton who was mutated after an accident that made his head huge and required a special hoverchair to move around. He first appeared in Tales of Suspense #93 back in 1967.

Payton reed is making it a three peat has the director has signed on to do the third movie in the Ant-man franchise, deadline has confirmed. Payton Directed the first two which did really well, Ant-man made 519 million and ant-man and the wasp made 622 million. Paul Rudd is, of course, expected to return. There’s no release date or production dates yet.

Sony announced on Halloween, the sequel to the Oscar award winning Spider-man into the Spider-verse will come to theaters on April 8th, 2022. The team of Lord and Miller will be back for the sequel. They also announced that another Sony Pictures animation project, a musical adventure story called Vivo that has songs from lin-Manuel Miranda will be pushed back to April 2021. Vivo was a project they acquired from Dreamworks and centers on a capuchin capuchin monkey with a thirst for adventure – and a passion for music – who makes a treacherous passage from Havana to Miami to fulfill his destiny. Quiara Alegría Hudes, Miranda’s collaborator on In the Heights, wrote the script with  The Croods director Kirk De Micco is directing.

A report from variety might spell a problem for Marvel’s Hawkeye series. Hailee Steinfeld is supposed to be up for the lead role in the series, but  she already has a role on Apple Plus’ Dickenson. When asked about it at the premiere for the show, she played coy about it saying quote “That, I don’t know about!” she said, seemingly caught off guard. “I don’t know,”“I have no idea what you’re talking about.”

Sources have told Variety that her deal with Apple might preclude her taking a role on a competing streaming service, although her team could always negotiate a fix for that.

If more detail comes out, I’ll let you know.

Some Marvel comics news, The X-Men comic lineup is expanding. THe two new titles were announced at the MCM comic con in London. First off is Giant Size X-men that will be an ongoing series of special issues written by Jonathan Hickman that will spotlight individual characters or small group of characters of X-Men each illustrated by different  artists. The first will star Jean Grey and emma frost with art by Russell dautherman.

The second is a four issue miniseries, X-men/Fantastic Four written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Terry and Rachel Dodson. The story surrounds Franklin richards and the question of if he belongs on Krakoa or not. 

Both series will be out in February.

Marvel is teaming up with Sirius XM to make exclusive podcasts.  The shows will be available to SiriusXM subscribers with streaming access via connected devices and to all Pandora users. There will be four series to start with featuring Wolverine, Hawkeye, Black Widow and Star Lord. There is a fifth series in the works with the characters teamed up. There will be an unscripted series that will look at Marvel’s history with a modern day lens and include talk shows and series dedicated to popular Marvel franchises. Another series that’s being worked on would be an interview show with celebrities. 

The deal doesn’t give SiriusXM ownership of the shows and they will be released widely after an undisclosed amount of time. The shows will come out weekly in 2020.

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger will not see a third season. The Freeform series has been canceled, possible due to the shakeup at Marvel Television with the departure of Jeph Loeb. Series creator and showrunner Joe Pokaski shared his feelings were everyone does. Twitter. Now this is a long post, so I’m only gonna give you a little of it. The rest you can read via a link in our show notes. https://twitter.com/JoePokaski/status/1187500131735572482?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1187500131735572482&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbr.com%2Fcloak-dagger-showrunner-reacts-cancellation%2F

He said quote So, yeah.  There are parts of me that feel gut-punched or angry at larger corporate forces, but the biggest feeling I have in my heart right now, by far, is pride.   I’m so fucking proud with what we got to do on unquote .

Geek

The Tom & Jerry movie has been moved forward on the calendar to December 23, 2020 the live action animated movie was supposed to come out in April of 2021. The movie is about Tom and Jerry getting kicked out of their home and moving to a new york hotel where Chloe Grace Moretz’s character must evict Jerry of lose her job… and hilarity ensues I guess. The film also features Michael Pena, Ken Jeong, Jordan Bolger and Pallavi Sharda.

The remake of The Witches with Anne Hathaway has also been moved up to October 9th 2020.

The Muppets are getting their own talk show on Disney Plus. Disney and the Jim Henson Company have announced a new comedy talk show called Earth to Ned. the 30 minute show will follow alien muppet Ned interview celebrities and will be apart of Disney Plus unscripted line up. The show will be executive produced by Brian Henson and Vince Raisa from The Jim Henson Company and Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley from Marwar Junction Prods.

Actor David Dastmalchian has a new comic book out the actor created the book, called Count Crowley: reluctant midnight monster hunter while on the set of Dune. he told the hollywood reporter quote “I was on break, sitting in my trailer, and I started jotting down this idea that had been woken up in me,” unquote the comic is set in 1983 and centers on a character named Jerri Bateman who ends up hosting a nightly Creature Feature on a small midwest station but soon learns that the job also includes hunting down monsters that are trying to control the world’s news and information.  The titular Count Crowley, her predecessor went missing.

David said of the series quote “I’m dealing with all these issues relevant to my own sobriety,” “My own struggles with interpersonal relationships. The way I relate to my family, dealing with feelings of shame, guilt, the giant growing pains we’re going through as society as a whole, and thinking about how all that filters through the metaphor of monsters battling monsters.” unquote 

The comic is out now.

Comedy Central has ordered a new animated web series from Bobby Moynihan called Loafy. Loafy is an animated comedy about a weed dealing manatee running a drug empire out of the Central Park Zoo. Bobby will write, act  and executive produce the series alongside Big Breakfasts Luke Kelly-Clyne. This show joins Blark and Son from Stoopid Buddy stoodios. Comedy Central VP of digital original development Steve elliot said quote “We are so excited for both of these series as we continue add(ing) original content to our growing digital portfolio,” said Comedy Central vp digital original development Steve Elliott. “It’s a great opportunity to work with Adam and Ben again after the success of the first season of Blark and Son. And clearly, now more than ever, the world needs a weed-dealing manatee and more Bobby Moynihan — not necessarily in that order.”

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Show Notes: Episode 46:Back to The Dwarf…Again & Episode 47: Putting Silent Bob in Cement

Tonight! Chris Hemsworth wants in on Star Wars, Star Trek Discovery finds a broadcast home in the UK and The Red Dwarf flies again on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. 

So how’s it going for you? Can you believe that we’re half way done with this month already? Just about a month away Disney Plus launches, but not on a lot of platforms it almost looks like Apple TV, xbox. Playstation and Google chromecast might be it. They still haven’t made a deal with Amazon that’s acceptable to both parties. I hope they iron that out before launch. I don’t want to have to move the Chromecast from one tv to another to watch.

I have some news. The next scifi edition of the podcast will have an interview with The Orville Associate Producer and Editor Tom Costantino. Hopefully we will be able to get some good insights out of him. 

Star Wars

Chris Hemsworth would love to add another franchise notch on his big belt of franchises. He’s been in a Star Trek movie, Men in Black movie, Ghostbusters and of course, Marvel. He even shows up in Kevin Smith’s latest view askewniverse movie Jay & Silent Bob Reboot…and it was a very funny cameo. At the ACE comic con midwest Chris was asked if he’d want in on the Star Wars franchise, on a show or movie and the answer was quote “Oh yeah, I’d love to,” “I’m not sure there’s many people that’d say they wouldn’t want to be a part of that world, you know and especially having it be something I’ve grown up with like all of us here, probably, it’d be like a fan experience as opposed to being an actor and that’s the fun thing at this point of cinema and my career.” unquote. Maybe he could play a warlord or a ruler of a planet with great lightning storms? Yes, No, Too on the nose, hmmm?

The Journey to the rise of Skywalker is getting fleshed out via comics and books, the latest is the new comic Journey to Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Allegiance which will see the remains of the Resistance setting up base in the Anoat system. Here’s a trivia note for you, Anoat was one of eh possible locations Leia mentioned going to in the Empire Strikes Back. Here’s the blurb for the four issue series. “Hounded by the First Order across the galaxy, the Resistance is in dire need of ships, weapons, and recruits to make a final stand against Kylo Ren’s forces. Desperation drives a delegation led by General Leia Organa and Rey to entreat the Rebel veteran’s one-time allies, the Mon Calamari, to join the fight — but decades after Imperial occupation enslaved their planet, there are those willing to stop at nothing to prevent another war from bloodying the waters of Mon Cala. A system away, Poe Dameron and Finn have their own mission: to hunt down a weapons cache on the remote moon of Avedot, unaware that they are being hunted by the most notorious criminal gang in the galaxy.” unquote The first issue is out now. 

In the new Young Adult Star Wars novel Force Collector by Kevin Shinick. We find the adventures of Naq Med a Jedi who survived Order 66, but the Dark Times before that and he was still alive before the events in the Force Awakens. He will apparently become the guide for the subject of the book. Here’s the summary quote Karr is a teenage boy like many others in the galaxy, but he has a secret: when he touches certain objects, he gets visions of people he doesn’t know and places he’s never been.

Karr’s grandmother is convinced the visions come from the Force. But are there any Jedi left to guide Karr in the use of his abilities.

Accompanied by Maize, the unpredictable new girl at school, and RZ-7, Karr’s droid companion, he sets off into the larger galaxy to find the truth. Hi adventures will take him from Utapau to Jakku to Takodana and beyond as he learns more about the Jedi than he could have expected…and about his own place in the Force. Unquote  The book, which is part of the Journey to Star Wars The rise of Skywalker series, is out now. 

The runtime for the rise of Skywalker might have been discovered. According to a post on Reddit from a theater worker, the film should come in at two hours and 35 minutes, making it just a few minutes longer than The Last Jedi now let’s be clear here that we don’t have an official length but it seems likely that this is correct, as theaters like to have showtimes scheduled out so they know when they have to staff up.  The film comes out on December 20th.

And if you’re planning a marathon before you go see the movie. Disney Plus will have plenty for you to watch. The streaming service released a list of everything that will be on the service on day one on November twelfth. All the Star Wars will include:The Mandalorian, All the movies, the

Documentary Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Animated Series

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Seasons One to Five)

Star Wars: The Clone Wars — The Lost Missions

Star Wars Rebels (All Seasons)

Star Wars Resistance Season One

LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles — Clash of the Skywalkers

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (All Seasons)

LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars

The conclusion to clone wars will be out in February and much more is planned for the new year.  

Star Trek

The second season of Picard is in the works says Alex Kurtzman in an interview with Trek Core. Season one wrapped at the end of August and a second season had been hinted at by series star Patrick Stewart, but this confirms it. The first season will launch on CBS All Access in January twenty third, 2020.

Star Trek’s Original Captain William Shatner took a moment to tweet a reminder of what Star Trek is about saying quote A word @ @StarTrek; the vision of the show from the beginning was to highlight social problems & stigmas in a way that makes you give it some thought.  It may be controversial to some but it presents issues in an abstract enough way to encourage conversation. That hasn’t changed. Unquote He’s right. In fact most of the good science fiction is a way to make us think about things with an interesting story. Kinda like a story burrito…or like putting a pill in a piece of cheese for your dog…Just something to think about.

Good news to my listeners in the United Kingdom, Star Trek Discovery will have a broadcast tv home, but with a caveat. Discovery which is in its third season will still debut new episodes on Netflix. Channel 4 will debut on the channel in 2020 starting with season one. They will also get the Matt LeBlanc show Man with a Plan (which is still a thing) CBS Studios International President of Sales said in a statement quote 

“We’re excited to bring the linear television rights for Star Trek: Discovery to the international market and launch in the U.K. with our valued friends at Channel 4,”. “This agreement features the best of both worlds – premium subscription content from a global franchise and a very popular network comedy from America’s Most-Watched Network. Channel 4 is already a licensee for several of our top-rated franchises, including The Good Fight and Charmed, and we are confident they will have continued success with Star Trek: Discovery and Man with a Plan.” unquote.

Anis Abdin, the creator of the Tardigrade game for which he sued and lost to CBS over copyright infringement has appealed the ruling and a goFundMe has been started to help him with legal costs. Anis wrote on his blog quote I have filed an appeal to the ruling regarding the Tardigrades lawsuit. As an independent creator, I found myself with no rights. If I don’t have rights, so does everyone else.”

“I have always wished I could carry the financial side alone, but the numbers are getting ridiculously high and I have exhausted all my resources. I want to expand my defense team with more consultants and technical experts.”

“My dear friend Gary Buechler (Nerdrotic) have helped me set up a Go Fund Me page. It is so hard for me to ask for your donations. I have never done that before and never wanted it to come to this point. All I can say is thanks to all of your support from the beginning of this lawsuit.”

So we know a little about the Star Trek lower Decks animated series. But what about teh Nickelodeon animated series? Well be prepared to wait, in an interview that TrekCorewith producers Heather Kadin and Alex Kurtzman, the series won’t even have any footage to be seen until 2021 or later. Heather Kadin told TrekCore quote “Looooonger,” “I was surprised! As someone who makes big, live-action shows, I heard how long it was going to take and I was like, ‘What?!’ Because it’s 3D animation, so just takes that much longer… But the Hageman brothers [come from] Ninjago and TrollHunters, they’re doing it, so it’s definitely going to be more in that visual look.”

They also told TrekCore that the series does have a title, but that they weren’t going to share it just yet.

Geek

We got some Matrix 4 news. We already know that Keanu will be back. Now Variety is reporting that Neil Patrick Harris has joined the cast, role unknown. Deadline reports that Jessica Henwick from Marvel’s Iron Fist is also in talks for a lead role. Also Aquaman actor Yaha Abdual-Mateen the second will be there as well as well as Carrie Ann Moss and Jada Pinkit Smith is in discussion to return as well. More join everyday. The Matrix 4 …any guess on what it’ll be called? My guess is Matrix Rebooted. Will come out sometime in 2022.

The CBS All Access production of The Stand has added another big name to it’s already huge roster of talent. Greg Kinnear is set to play Glenn Bateman, who according to the press release is quote “a widowed professor when the superflu hits, Glen Bateman was accustomed to a solitary life. When he encounters other survivors, his curiosity is piqued by Mother Abigail’s visions.” Kinnear joins James Marsden, Amber Heard, Heather Graham, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo, Owen Teague, Henry Zaga, Brad William Henke, Eion Bailey, Katherine McNamara, Hamish Linklater, Alexander Skarsgård, and Whoopi Goldberg. The series will be out in 2020.

AMC Entertainment, the company behind AMC theaters has announced that they are starting their own On Demand Movie Service. AMCs president and CEO Adam Aron said in a release that AMC Theaters on Demand will offer about 2000 movie for sale and rent after their theatrical run with prices ranging from 3 to 5.99 to rent and 9.99 to 19.99 to buy. The company is hoping that it’s 20 million AMC Stubs households will also turn to the theater chain for their streaming movie needs as well.

The Guys from the Dwarf are coming back one more time. The Red Dwarf official site broke the news that Red Dwarf, the british sci fi comedy series would be returning for made for tv movie on Dave. Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules and robert Llewellyn will all be back in their  respective roles as Lister, Rimmer, the Cay and Kryten in an all new story written by and directed by Doug Naylor

Craig Charles about the new season said quote .”I’m really excited to get back on board with the boys from the Dwarf,” says Craig. “I can’t wait to discuss Robert’s prostate problems, Chris Barrie’s hip replacement and have a proper look at Danny’s new dentures whilst they marvel at the agelessness of the Charles physique. I will surely require the services of a chiropractor after dragging these doddering misfits through what promises to be our most epic adventure yet. Dave Lister, the human race’s last hope in a hostile universe. God help us. And may the Dwarf be with you.”  Doug Naylor added quote 

“I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity of making more Red Dwarf,” adds Doug. “UKTV have been a never-ending source of support and encouragement since we first started working together ten years ago. Can’t wait to start shooting a format that I don’t think has ever been done before. Smoke me a kipper, we’re back and not just for breakfast.”

English Actor Stephen Moore has passed away. Stephen is best known for his roles as Marvin from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy BBC radio series and the Silurian Eldane during Matt Smith’s Run on  Doctor Who. Moore got his start with The Hitchhiker’s Guide in 1978. Where he voiced the depressive android for four more series, the tv show, and the audio books and records. In addition to Marvin he voiced Gag Halfrunt, Frankie Mouse, a whale and the ruler of the universe. Moore also was a prolific stage actor earning the 1983 Laurence Olivier theater Award for lead actor for a revival of The Dolls House. He is survived by his five children. Stephen Moore was 81. 

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Tonight! Jennifer Aniston complains about super hero movies,Ruby Rose opens up about mental health and Kevin Smith puts his hands in wet cement on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Did you catch the series premiere of Watchmen? Very Interesting. I really want a concrete back story of that world from the original watchmen to this show. 

By the way, be sure to tune into the next episode of Multiverse Tonight. I will have an interview with The Orville Assoicate Producer and Editor Tom Constantino. 

Marvel

So would you like to  see an all female Marvel team up movie? During a panel at ACE Comicon Tessa Thompson and Brie Larson talked about wanting to see such a movie come to life and more than just one film.   

Thompson told the crowd quote “I know what I want,” Thompson said. “No, listen, this is not just because Valkyrie would like to hang out with some of the beautiful, strong, intelligent, fantastic women of the MCU. She would, platonically in a team-building way. So, I want to work together as a team, us women, doing things in a film or two.

Brie Larson added that fan support for such a project would help much such a project a reality quote “I think that is what we want, we want to see females working together, ideally in their own film and we really have been saying this a lot but the more that people talk about it and say they are behind that and are interested in that the higher likelihood it is that that could happen,” Larson said. “People are listening. They’re watching.”

So in other words, balls in your court people. You want it You ask for it.

And while you’re at it, why not ask for a musical, during that panel at the ACE Con, the duo stumbled on the idea of doing an MCU musical Tessa said quote “We’re not going to do like a musical, like an MCU musical…” Larson’s fact than lit up and the duo said MCUsical together. Tessa than continued, “Someone call Kevin Feige. I just came up with that right now. That’s a brilliant idea. There’s a lot of people with musical talents. Tom Holland can do flips and splits and stuff. Okay, I’m going to pitch that, you have Kevin’s number right? I only have his email, I’m gonna work on that.” unquote 

The Helstrom series on Hulu now has an official cast list. Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon will star in the series as Daimon and Ana Helstom. Joining them will be Elizabeth Marvel as their mother Victoria Helstrom, Robert Wisdom as Caretaker, Jane Carryl and Dr. Louise Hastings, ariana Guerra as Gabriella Rosetti and Alain Uy as Chris Yen. The series will debut next year and if you want to look at the character descriptions, I’ll have a link to the Deadline.com article in the show notes.

https://deadline.com/2019/10/helstrom-cast-marvel-series-elizabeth-marvel-tom-austen-sydney-lemmon-hulu-1202755045/

Man comic book movies keep getting put down by people. 

The latest is Jennifer Aniston, in a new interview with Variety bemoaned that she misses a Marvel movie free industry. When asked why she decided to return to tv with her new Apple TV show The Morning Show, she responded quote It wasn’t until the last couple of years when these streaming services were just sort of exploding with this amount of quality that I actually started to think, “Wow, that’s better than what I just did.” And then you’re seeing what’s available out there and it’s just diminishing and diminishing in terms of, it’s big Marvel movies. Or things that I’m not just asked to do or really that interested in living in a green screen. Unquote  Ok, Jennifer, let’s make one thing straight. There are more than just CGI filled Marvel movies out there. Second, perhaps you should choose better movies to star in? You haven’t had the greatest choices in movies. Maybe you should call your fellow curmudgeon Martin Scorsese and make a great movie with him?

Anyway, The creator of The Punisher has a message for the law enforcement community after a police officer was caught on camera wearing the Punisher logo during an altercation at a community oversight meeting in Dallas. The creator took to twitter after the incident and tweeted quote Any “cop” who wears a Punisher logo in his official capacity is identifying law enforcement with an outlaw. These “cops” are a disgrace to serious police officers everywhere. They show an imbecile level of irresponsibility and should be fired immediately. Unquote The Punisher after all is a vigilante who takes the law into his own hands, this makes him a criminal, no matter what is ultimate intent is. Maybe choose a better character to emulate, like Captain America or Superman? 

Writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have written movies for both Deadpool and Zombieland. Now the pair think that a crossover is a great idea. At the LA Comic Con, the duo said quote “Deadpool would do great in #Zombieland . He’s kind of a zombie himself with the way he heals. And his humor is right on point with these guys.” I could see it. Perhaps they should test it out in comic book form first. Zombieland Double tap is out now.

The 1996 Howard the Duck movie is a cult classic and a bit maligned. I’ve always had a place in my heart for that movie. However star Tim Robbins thinks there’s something loveable about the old film. In an interview with yahoo! The actor said quote “To be honest, I think there’s a lot of charming things about that film,” “George Lucas had just done Star Wars, it was a lot of money, it was on location and I think it was the first film that the Marvel Universe did. So on paper it felt really great!” unquote 

The movie was panned by critics and was considered a bomb. However in 2014, after a cameo appearance by the character in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, a push for the duck has snowballed and now Howard the Duck wil have an animated series from Kevin Smith on Hulu.

Writer and director Taika Waititi has raised the possibility that elements from the Jane Foster breast cancer storyline could make their way into the movie.  Speaking to Variety’s Mac Malkin during the press tour for his new movie Jojo Rabbit, the director said that the cancer could make it into the film. Quote “I think that’s a really powerful part of the books. I think it’s really cool that she’s fighting this thing and there’s two battles going on. Personally I really love that storyline,” he said. “But whether it ends up in the film is yet to be seen.” “We’re not sure if we’re going to do a complete lift of that whole storyline. These things change through the shoot and even when we’re editing sometimes,” he said. “Like, ‘Let’s get rid of that storyline where she’s got breast cancer. We’ll change it to something else, or maybe she’s fine.’”unquote . The storyline in question, takes place after Thor.is deemed unworthy of Mjolnir and his title as Thor. The hammer finds its way to Jane Foster, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She is worthy and the hammer allows her to become Thor, and while the transformation means she doesn’t have cancer when she’s in her super powered state, the transformation destroys the chemo that her human form needs to fight the cancer. 

Thor Love and Thunder has a release date of November fifth 2021.

DC

Have you watched the new Watchmen series yet? Watchman creator Alan Moore, who’s not a fan of the series, on the BBC6 show Paperback writers graphic content revealed that director Terry Gilliam who  was planning on doing a movie version of Watchmen back in the late 80’s/early 90’s, before deciding that it was unfilmable, told Mr. Moore that he had received phone calls from singer David Bowie wanting to play the role of Rorschach. You know someplace in some other universe you can see that version.  Anyone got Rick Sanchez’s number?

And as you know that it was Zack Snyder who eventually made Watchmen…which Alan Moore didn’t like…well That’s okay Alan a lot of us didn like the cut we got of Justice League. Fans have been asking for the so called Snyder cut of the movie since the movie first came out.Now not only have they raised the call again, they’re using it to raise money and awareness for suicide prevention as well. The group has raised over 100,000 dollars for the American foundation for suicide prevention, they’ve also made banneers, posters and had gatherings as well. Zack Snyder shared an article from the afsp website about it on ntwitter and commented quote I’m honored to have such amazing fans unquote  No word from Warner Bros on if the Snyder cut will ever see the light of day (although I’m sure they could make millions if they did.)

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention kind of go hand in hand and recently Batwoman star ruby rose opened up about her own battles with depression as part of Mental healt day

 Ruby took to Instagram with a photo of herself from a hospital bed taken in the day’s before she joined the cast of Orange is the New Black. With the post quote 

 “Today is world mental health day. This photo is from right before I started OITNB. I’ve struggled with mental health my entire life. I was first diagnosed with depression at 13, then major depressive disorder at 16. When I was 18 I found out I had Dissociative amnesia . I had a few years entirely erased from my memory and a chance run in with my best friend from primary school was the first I learned about it. She remembered me but I didn’t recognize her at all. She remembered our teachers, things we did and my monkey backpack.. things I didn’t remember even when she said them with such innocent conviction.”

“I went home and asked my mum ‘Did I have a monkey backpack at school?” That is when it all started to unravel and my life changed…I started asking questions.

“I found out I went from a smiling laughing child to a quiet mute who sat alone and stared off into the distance during recess after one of many traumatic events that I didn’t remember. One that my mum had to tell me about but hadn’t for so many years because the doctors at the time said I was too young to process what had happened and that it was for the best.“I was also diagnosed with Bipolar for a long time until it turned out I just had depression.. the pure sad depression without the fun and not so fun parts of mania, it was an overactive thyroid that created that misdiagnosis. Cut to many dark times. On medication, off medication, on and off and on and off per each wrong diagnosis.

“There were hospitalizations, suicide attempts as young as 12. Cut to therapy and meditation, cut to seeing me at ever self-help section of every bookstore. Cut to a brain scan which showed I had severe PTSD… cut to more therapy and tests that led me to my final diagnosis… C-PTSD. Complex PTSD. What I have learned from the struggles of mental health is just how strong I am. It’s how amazing people are because they love me and support me and yet you can’t judge those who don’t understand and don’t know how to do that either. It’s that you cannot judge people at all because you can never know what they have been through. It’s that self love and self care is more important than anything else.”

Her series Batwoman has been doing well in the ratings, It dropped 22 percent from week one to week two and has about one and a half million viewers. 

The Batman has lost one star but gained another. Jonah Hill  has apparently left the movie for reasons unknown. However news has come out that Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Selina Kyle otherwise known as Catwoman. Zoe Kravitz has previously acted in Big Little Lies and Mad Max Fury Road. I kinda question if we need to see Catwoman again. Hopefully she will just play Salina Kyle. I think we’ve seen Catwoman enough times.

One of the controversies of Joker was the use of Gary Glitter’s Rock N Roll Part 2. The song has been controversial since 2015 when Mr. Glitter was convicted of mulitple sex crimes involving kids and sentenced to a sixteen year sentance. Since then the song has been persona-non grata. However if you were worried that Gary would be profiting from Joker’s success. Good news. Gary will see no money. According to an update to a report on Consequence of Sound dot com quote A representative for Snapper Music, which owns the rights to Glitter’s catalog in the UK, disputes reporting that Glitter will receive any profits from the song’s use. “Gary Glitter does not get paid,” a representative told the Los Angeles Times. “We’ve had no contact with him.” Nevertheless, the New York Post reports that Warner Bros. may remove the song from future releases.” unquote So don’t worry, you’re ticket money isn’t going to go pay a pedophile.

And it’s been quite a haul at the ticket office as Joker is Warner Brothers highest Grossing Movie of the Year Worldwide. And it’s number one all over the world. However it’s got a long way to get to beat Disney and it’s losing steam as Maleficent took this weekend at the box office.

By the way did you see the Joker movie parody that Saturday Night Live did? Instead of Joker it was Oscar the Grouch. Very cute. I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.

We have a bit of casting news here. Wayne Brady will play a recurring character on Black Lightning. The game show host will play tyson “gravedigger” Sykes, described as a world war 2 era member of the US military who was turned into a superhuman fighting machine by secret lab experiments.  Soooooo. Captain America. Apparently Sykes refused to live in the still segregated US after the war and instead defected to Markovia with the aim of creating a metahuman nation there. This set him up for congratulations with ASA and Black Lightning. 

Wonder Woman’s 750th issue will be out on January 22, 2020. The issue will be 96 pages in the prestige format and will be a jam book with interior art from Colleen Doran, Jesus Merino, Elena Casagrade, Gabriel Picolo, and Wonder Woman Rebirth illustrator Nicola Scott. With stories from Gail Simone, Greg Rucka, Steve Orlando, Vita Ayala, Marguerite Bennett, Jeff Loveness, Kami Garcia, Mariko Tamaki, Shannon and Dean Hale, and others. There will be variant covers based on every decade starting in the 1940’s b Joshua Middleton, the 50’s by Jenny Frison, the 60’s by J. Scott Campbell, the 70s by Olivier Coipel, the 80s by George Pérez. The 90s by Brian Bolland, the 2000s by Adam Hughes and the 2010’s by Jim Lee and Scott Williams. The issue has a price tag of $9.99, so to get all the variant issues you’re looking at about $80 dollars. So get your christmas money!

Geek

Kevin Smith is currently out touring with his new movie Jay & Silent Bob Reboot, by the way, I went to see it during the Fathom Events presentation . It’s a good movie. Lots of laughs anyway.  Before they went on tour, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes got the honor of putting their hands and feet in wet cement outside the TCL chinese theater Kevin told the crowd about is first visit to the theater quote “We came here to the courtyard in 1979,” “My old man was looking at the footprints and he saw me looking at the footprints and putting my hands in the handprints and stuff, and he goes, ‘Maybe you’ll be here one day.’ It’s 40 years from that moment when my father said it.” Kevin even brought an urn with his dad’s ashes to the ceremony and he even put the bottom of the urn in the cemement. Mewes called it super surreal to be honored by the theater. They were also honored by Ben Affleck as well.  Well deserved.

You remember the run time for It and how I said you should find a theater with recliner seats? Well you might wanna do the same for the adaptation of Doctor Sleep, Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining. The AMC website has confirmed that the run time for the movie is two hours and thirty two minutes. I might recommend not getting the big drink either.

Sources tell the Hollywood reporter that Sony studio chairman Tom Rothman might be looking to sell the He-Man movie Masters of the Universe exclusively to Netflix. Sony has been developing Masters of the Universe since 2007 and Netflix DOES have the She-Ra and He-Man animated series. These rumors do come a month after Sony sold off the adaptation of the Valiant comic Harbinger.  Well if something happens, we will let you know.

Magic The Gathering, the card game that has been running for decades now will be releasing a new expansion in the first third of 2020. One called Theros Beyond death and the other is called Ikoria Lair of the Behemoths. Theros comes out on January 24th and Ikoria on April 24th. Check with your dealer as some participating locations will have pre release access to the new card sets on the weekend before the release dates.

I have a friend who’s very happy to hear this news. Netflix will be producing an animated series based on Jeff Smith’s comic book series Bone. Jeff Smith in the press release said quote“I’ve waited a long time for this,“Netflix is the perfect home for Bone. Fans of the books know that the story develops chapter-by-chapter and book-by-book. An animated series is exactly the way to do this! The team at Netflix understands Bone and is committed to doing something special — this is good news for kids and cartoon lovers all over the world.” unquote Bone, which follows the adventurers of the Bone cousins was published from 1991 to 2004 and is one of Time Magazine’s 10 best graphic novels of all time.

We can’t end this episode without saying goodbye to the creator of Saved By the Bell, Sam Bobrick. According to the Hollywood reporter he had a stroke on Friday October the eleventh. As well as creating Saved by the Bell, he wrote for such shows as Get Smart, The Flintsontes, The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke show. Recently he had been working on a reboot of Saved for NBC’s Peacock streaming service.  Sam was 87.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Show Notes Episode 44: The Return of Everything and Episode 45: Tom Holland should get the Peace Prize

Multiverse Tonight Episode 42Sci Fi Edition

Tonight! Fans want a statue for Nog, Picard and Discovery hit New York Comic Con and the Walking Dead Universe gets an unsurprising name all that and more  on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. So, how’s the new fall season hitting you. The wife and I have gotten into Evil on CBS. We’re glad that the Good Place is back on. 

So here’s a question for you? Is ten years too long to do a sequel? Zombieland Double Tap is coming out, the first one was ten years ago. And I find myself asking the question, is this too long to come out with the sequel. To prove that it’s too long, let’s take Independence Day Resurgence. Was a good movie, could have been a great movie, but it was just too long from the first movie to this one. The first one was in 1996, the sequel 20 years later, 2016. In other words, twenty years might  be too long. It might have been better to just relaunch the series with a new movie. Or maybe they should have put out the first back into theaters a month before first? Get people remembering the first one and then released the sequel? Either way, let’s come up with a rule, 20 years is too long. Will ten be too long? I guess we will see shortly. Personally, I think a sequel shouldn’t be more than 5 years after the previous one. More than that, you have to either reboot the whole thing or re release the previous one in wide release. Anyway, let’s get on with the news.

Star Trek

As we discussed in the last edition, the loss of Aron Eisenberg was sudden and it really hit the fan base hard. The outpouring of grief has been great and Some Star Trek fans have taken the initiative and have put up a petition on change dot org to have a statue of Captain Nog on display at Starfleet Academy in a future season of Star Trek Picard. It would make sense timeline wise as the show takes place decades after Deep Space Nine and the time period when Nog would or could  have been Captain. So far over two thousand six hundred have signed. We will have a link to the petition in the show notes. https://www.change.org/p/star-trek-creators-producers-fans-of-aron-petition-to-make-captain-nog-statue-at-starfleet-acadamy-canon-in-the-new-picard-series?recruiter=251534001&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=psf_combo_share_initial&utm_term=psf_combo_share_initial&recruited_by_id=a6e88f00-c882-11e4-9219-e937fb5329ea

Asked at NYCC if Captain Nog could possibly be made cannon Alex Kurtzman said quote We saw that petition and obviously we would love to honor Aaron in any way possible, so we will look for any opportunity,” unquote So I’m guessing we see something in Picard season two. Perhaps we could get a mention in Lower Decks?

The second season of Picard, which has been revealed by Sir Patrick will start production in March of next year. He spoke about the show at the University of Huddersfield in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. Speaking to Examiner Live Mister Stewart said quote“I am not giving up my stage work, though it may have to wait for now because there are three projects that I have finished, two films and the TV series, which all need promotion,” . “So I am clearing the decks for that and then there is also the possibility of a second Picard series filming in March next year.” unquote The show is eagerly awaited and will start airing on CBS All Access on January twenty third 2020 I wanna see this more than Discovery.

Star Trek Voyager’s commanding officer Kate Mulgrew took time out to commemorate the twenty fifth anniversary of her first ever scenes as Captain Kathern Janeway. She wrote on Facebook quote “It’s come to my attention that on this day, 25 years ago, I filmed my first scenes as Captain Janeway,”. “Thus, 25 years ago today I walked onto the Bridge and my life changed utterly. A singularly privileged and extraordinary journey on that intrepid vessel, with my beloved crew. How lucky I have been.” unquote. It should be noted that she was the second to take the role after actress Genevieve Bujold quit a few days into filming. Congratulations to the cast and crew of Voyager on the anniversary. Maybe we’ll get to see more Voyager characters in Picard than just Seven of Nine. Like Lieutenant JG Harry Kim?

IDW is helping celebrate the fortieth anniversary of 1979’s Star Trek The Motion Picture with a magazine sized facsimile edition of Marvel Comics Star Trek The Motion Picture Magazine.Here’s the official blurb:Star Trek: The Motion Picture Facsimile Edition

Marv Wolfman (w) • Dave Cockrum & Klaus Janson (a) • Bob Larkin (c)

An alien presence of enormous power enters Federation space, destroying three powerful Klingon cruisers and neutralizing everything in its path. As it heads toward Earth, Admiral James T. Kirk returns to the helm of an upgraded U.S.S. Enterprise and sets course to meet the aggressor head-on. This spectacular adaptation, featuring work by industry legends Marv Wolfman, Dave Cockrum, and Klaus Janson, boldly re-presented in its original form!

FC • 64 pages • 8-1/2” x 11” • $5.99

• Re-presented in its original magazine form!

• Includes all the original essays, interviews, and glossary!

This is scheduled for release on December 18th, which is just a week after the movie opened back in 1979.

Speaking of the Motion Picture it may have been a bit plodding, but it sure was pretty.  Titan Books is releasing a new coffee table book celebrating the art and visual effects of the first Star Trek movie called Star Trek The Motion Picture Inside The Art and Visual effects. Written by Jeff Bond and Gene Kozicki according to a press release from Star Trek dot com quote With this artistic guide, fans can celebrate the landmark 40th anniversary of The Motion Picture’s release by discovering the visual artistry that made this an enduring science-fiction classic. For the first time ever, explore archival material created by legendary Star Trek collaborators, including Robert Abel, Syd Mead, Ralph McQuarrie, Andrew Probert, and Ken Adams. 

Showcasing visionary special effects, concept art, scale models, matte painting and more, this stunning hardback coffee table book will be published on May 12, 2020, priced at $39.95 and £29.99.  unquote  Sounds interesting.N

New York Comic Con has brought us some news on Discovery and Picard. They released new trailers for both and CBS ALL Access has released the first short trek. Frankly I wouldn’t pay for Short Treks until Picard comes out, we got a release date. January twenty third 2020. The trailer seemed to confirm my suspicion that Data is just in Picard’s dreams. We also see our first look at old man Riker and Troi. Looks like they’re in retirement as well. So, let me take a moment to dissect the trailer. First off, it kinda confirms my suspicion that Data is just a dream of Picard’s. Two it looks like Starfleet Admirals are still a bunch of hardasses. Third I’m guessing he goes to The Rikers for help and they either turn him down or give him someone else to turn to for help.  Finally, we see a damaged Borg cube, we know we have two Ex Borg on this journey. So how do the Borg factor into this story, or is this just a side quest to Picard’s mission?

In the Discovery trailer, it looks like Burnham and the ship didn’t arrive at the same time. It also hints that the Federation might have collapsed at some point in the future as well. I’m gonna guess the Discovery will have to help rebuild the Federation. So I guess we’ll see sometime in 2020 when the show returns. 

Just wish they had something to show from Lower Decks,

Star Wars

Not often do I dip into politics on this show and for good reason, but the New York Times Opinion twitter feed, posted something cute after the United States House of Representatives finally opened an impeachment inquiry into the possible high crimes of Donald Trump, put up an informational  little Star Wars like crawl entitled “The Last Straw”. It’s very cute and I’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://twitter.com/i/status/1177383602792927232

Disney Plus’ Obi-Wan Kenobi series, which should really be titled O! Kenobi. Has found a director, Deborah Chow, who has just finished up work on The Mandalorians first season will be directing on the show which will see Ewan McGregor back in Obi-Wan’s boots and finds the Jedi in Hiding eight years after the events of revenge of the sith. No word on when they get to work yet or what the plot exactly is. I wonder if we’ll get to see Luke, he should be about eight years old right? Maybe the show is Obi-Wan taking Luke on adventures. I hope it’s not just Obi Wan watching Luke through binoculars….cause that’s just creepy.

Kevin Feige’s newly announced Star Wars film is big news maker lately and Ming-Na Wen and Chris Evans want in.  Chris Evans volunteered for Feige’s project on Twitter in response to a Collider story asking which MCU actor people would want to see in a Star Wars movie. Evans replied with one word quote Me unquote .  Ming Na Wen chimed in to Chris’ response with her own quote Me Too #StarWars unquote. Wen is already expected to appear in The Mandalorian and has more than enough geek cred to be a good choice for a role in this new film. Would you like to see Ming Na Wen or Chis Evans in this project? Who else would be a good choice for a new Star Wars movie? Let me know on twitter, email or Instagram.

So… what’s in the future for everyone’s favorite wookie Chewbacca? Chewie actor Joonas Suotamo spoke with Radio Times about The Rise of Skywalker and Chewie’s role, but he played it very close to the vest saying quote “Well, we’re going to have to wait and see.” Refusing to confirm or deny Chewbacca’s fate, “I would love to see Chewie more, but everything depends on this next film and the story.” unquote . He might have been quiet on Chewies role, he did have glowing words for the movie telling the site quote “It’s a great story, and we’re gonna have to wait until December to see what that’s all about. Everyone’s back together, they’re going on a great adventure together, facing the ever-growing danger from the First Order. And that’s gonna be something to see.” unquote  Hopefully we might see Chewie in The Mandalorian. Frankly it would be nice to have a Chewie animated series.

Remember in the Force Awakens when Kylo destroyed his helmet? Well he unbroke it. JJ Abrams addressed his helmet, which you can see in the trailer and the new action figure that just came out on Force Friday. Abrams told Empire Magazine quote “Having him be masked, but also fractured, is a very intentional thing,” “Like that classic Japanese process of taking ceramics and repairing them, and how the breaks in a way define the beauty of the piece as much as the original itself. As fracted as Ren is, the mask becomes a visual representation of that. There’s something about this that tells his history. His mask doesn’t ultimately hide him and his behavior is revealed.”  They should have made a short film of him supergluing the mask back together. Hey Robot Chicken, there’s a free sketch idea for you! Your welcome.

Force Friday has arrived and the new Star Wars toys have arrived. https://ew.com/movies/star-wars-rise-of-skywalker-toys/?slide=6520926#6520926

Marvel will be relaunching the Star Wars comic book this January with a new creative team and story Lucasfilm confirmed at NYCC. The new series will take place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi and will have Charles Soule as writer and art by Jesus Saiz. The official press release describes the new series as quote “In the wake of the events following The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his past. Vader did not kill Luke’s father Anakin–Vader is Luke’s father! Now, after narrowly escaping the dark lord’s clutches, and wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, the Wookiee Chewbacca and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 must fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance—for the fate of the entire galaxy is at stake! After so many losses is victory still possible? But, what Leia, Luke and their ragtag band of freedom fighters do not realize is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!” unquote I’m surprised they would name anything after Grand Moff Tarkin after the death star blew up.

Geek

The third season of Stranger Things has come and gone. People waited in anticipation for news of Season Four. Well, your pleas have been answered. Season Four has been announced by Netflix with a new teaser trailer. The video ends with the cryptic “We’re not in Hawkins anymore,”. Road Trip! No date when the next season will arrive, but it’s likely in late 2020 or 2021.

The second season for Snowpiercer has been moved back to TNT, Warner Media announced this past week, the show based on the film had been announced to move from TNT to TBS The show has not had an easy life having lost two showrunners and two directors already. According to the Hollywood reporter, Chief Content Officer of HBO Max and President of TNT, TBS and TruTV Kevin Reilly explained quote “We’ve had the unique opportunity to more thoroughly test and explore where this show will best perform. While we are still adding dramas to TBS (such as Obliterated), after further research and consideration we’ve decided to keep Snowpiercer on TNT,” he said in a statement announcing the news. “Now that we’ve seen this incredible post-apocalyptic sci-fi series in its entirety, and better understand the audience this show will appeal to, we’re confident it will perform strongest on TNT.”A release date for season two has not been announced but the second season should arrive in Spring 2020. 

Disney will apparently be making another live-action Inspector Gadget movie according to a report from the hollywood reporter. The movie will be produced by Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich who produced the live action Aladdin movie, Mikey Day and Streeter Sidell will write the script. The film, based on the 80’s cartoons about a detective full of gadgets last saw the big screen in 1999 with Matthew Broderieck in the role. It…didn’t perform great.  But merited a direct to DVD sequel a few years later. Disney is busy making live action versions of cartoon classics. Lady and the Tramp, Mulan, Cruella, Little Mermaid and Lilo and Stitch are all still on the docket.

The Walking Dead family of shows and movies has an official name and it’s kinda redundant. AMC posted on twitter that the title was The Walking Dead Universe. Wouldn’t the Walkerverse work better? Did they think we would confuse it with Walker Texas Ranger? Walker Texas Ranger by the way is getting a reboot starring Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki.

The showrunner for The Walking Dead is hinting that season ten will have more lighter moments than previously in order to balance out the tone of the show. Kang talking to tvline said quote “There’s a certain amount of fun even though there’s this really, really tense and scary thing that is ramping up with our people,”. “That’s something that we really wanted to explore with our people — a way to blow off steam. We’re all human at the end of the day, and you can’t always be living in a dark, nihilistic state. That’s really difficult. So for our people to be able to have these lighter moments helps them — and it helps the actors, too — deal with the seriousness of everything else that’s happening.” unquote  

We also learned at New York Comic Con that Lauren Cohan will be returning to the series.Cohen’s Maggie will return sometime in season 10 and than become a regular character again in season 11

The sequel to the reboot of Halloween. Halloween Kills is bring back characters from the past . Anthony Michael Hall will be back as Tommy Doyle, one of the kids that Laurie Strode was babysitting. Also returning will be Nancy Stephens Nurse Marion Chambers

, who was nearly killed by Michael in the original Halloween. Halloween ends will be in theaters i two years on October fifteenth 2021.

And finally, good news fans of the now Hulu Original Series The Orville, we got some news out of New York Comicon. A panel was held for the show with everyone but the always busy Seth Macfarlane and it was revealed their will be eleven episodes in season 3, now that may seem small, but it was also revealed that the episodes would be longer than they used to be up to twelve to fifteen minutes longer acording to orvile co producer Tom Costantino. The show will return about a year from now in late 2020.

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Tonight! Sony and Disney get along, Rachael Maddow enters the Arrowverse and Todd McFarlane makes a world record on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. We’ve got a lot of good news in this show today. Fall is here, Winter is fast approaching. I suppose it’s good that I have a lot of things I can do indoors, I’ve picked up a lot of coffee table books, The DC Anatomy of a Metahuman book and Tobin’s Spirit Guide from Insight editions…they were on sale. Good price, nice books. 

Marvel

The Black Widow movie is in production and it looks like General Thunderbolt Ross might be showing up. Podcaster @_CharlesMurphy on twitter posted that quote William Hurt, aka Thunderbolt Ross, is currently on the set of what I believe to be additional photography for ‘BLACK WIDOW.’ ScarJo is not believed to be there. Could Ross be visiting with Yelena in a post credit scene setting up a ‘THUNDERBOLTS’ project? That I cannot confirm. Unquote  Last time we saw him was in Endgame paying his respects at the funeral for Tony Stark. Of course, this movie takes place between Captain America Civil War and Infinity War. Is he hunting Natasha after she defected in civil war? His he trying to recruit her for his own team? Guess we’ll have to wait and see when it comes out on May 1st 2020.

Variety reports that with Marvel Studios starting work on tv shows, the fate of Marvel Television seems to be up for some debate. According to several sources that have spoken with Variety, the consensus is that live action productions will all if not mostly be taken away from Jeph Loeb’s Marvel Television division and placed in the more powerful Kevin Feige’s camp in the future. An unknown TV lit agent who spoke to the publication said quote “Feige’s shows are so far beyond anything Marvel TV has been able to do,” “He has access to all of these MCU characters that the other Marvel live-action stuff just doesn’t, not to mention way bigger budgets.”

The budgets for the Marvel Studios projects would probably way higher than Marvel TV gets with budgets probably in the 100 million dollar range for six to eight episodes.. For comparison, the first seasons of Daredevil, Jesica Jones, Luke Cage,and Iron Fist combined was around 200 million.

Though Marvel Television has  its share of successes itself , the current slate of shows has atrophied to Runaways on Hulu, Cloak and Dagger at Freeform and the upcoming series Helstrom. However it should be noted that Marvel TV does have a lot of upcoming animated shows in its portfolio, including the new animated shows coming to Hulu. 

So, should Marvel Television stick to Animation and leave the TV shows to Marvel Studios instead? Or should they just fold themselves into Marvel Studios? What do you think?

Marvel Comics and Games workshop have announced that they are teaming up to publish comics based on the Warhammer line of tabletop games. Games Workshop announcement on their website posted quote “Marvel Comics are the name behind many of the world’s best-loved superhero characters (you know, like Spider-Man, the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four),” Games Workshop stated as part of announcing the news. “With more than 80 years of comics experience, Marvel has built an amazing reputation for bringing together the best comic book writers and artists to forge stories that span generations. It’s not for nothing that Marvel has cemented itself as a household name.” unquote This isn’t Warhammers first foray into comics, having teamed up with Titan Comics, that deal ended last year. No titles, creative teams or release dates have been announced. 

Marvel and Sony have made a deal for more Spider-man. Thanks to Spider-man actor Tom Holland. Disney CEO Bob Iger appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Confirmed the actors involvement.  Telling Jimmy quote “We had an event called D23, which is a big Disney fan event; Tom was there because he’s a voice in a new Pixar movie called Onward with Chris Pratt,” Iger says. “And he said something onstage and it was clear that the fans wanted Tom back as Spider-Man made by Marvel and our Marvel production team.” The executive is of course referring to Holland’s emotional message to fans gathered at the convention, “I love you 3,000.”

“After D23, Tom reached out to folks who worked for me, ‘Could I please have Bob’s email address or phone number?’ Of course I’m very protected and they were very careful,” Iger continues. “I said, ‘Sure, have him contact me.’ And he did. We spoke. Basically he made a… he cried on the phone.”

To which Jimmy Kimmel replied, “Really?!”

Iger continued with a laugh saying  “No, not really. But it was clear that he cared so much and actually we care a lot about him. He’s a great Spider-Man. I actually felt for him, and it was clear that the fans wanted this to happen. So after I got off the phone with him I made a couple of phone calls to our team at Disney Studios and then I decided to call the head of Sony and I said, ‘We gotta figure out a way to get this done.’ For Tom and for the fans. And we did. That’s how it happened. He called me and I called them.”

 The deal is for two more movies. The sequel to homecoming in July 2021 and than another unknown movie. Both produced by Marvel Studios Kevin Feige. Disney will get a proportionally bigger cut of the profits, reportedly twenty five percent versus the previous cut of five percent, but will have to pay a proportionally twenty five percent of the production costs.  Sony will get the remaining monies, plus the distribution fee.

With the bad blood behind them, Deadline reports that Jon Watts in talks to return to the franchise for the third MCU Spiderman movie. 

During the X-Men panel at New York Comic Con Marvel announced a new ongoing series for Wolverine, his first since 2014. Wolverine #1 will be written by Benjamin Percy with art by Adam Kubert and Victor Bog don avic. Percy has experience writing about Wolverine having written Wolverine The Long Night and The Lost Trail podcasts. The series will debut in February.

DC

Brandon Routh has put the S back on. And as expected he’s going to be The Kingdom Come version of Superman. A photo of Brandon Routh was released with the actor in the costume with graying temples. Brandon Routh will join Tom Welling and Erica Durance will be in the crossover as the Smallville versions of Superman and Lois Lane. Routh will also be doing double duty as Ray The Atom Palmer. He will in turn be joined by a new Atom, Ryan Choi played by Osric Chau . The crisis crossover will begin on Supergirl on December eighth and continue on that week’s Batwoman and The Flash and than continue on January fourteenth on Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow.

Joining these stars in the crossover will be Ashley Scott who played Huntress on Birds of Prey, the WB series that lasted for threaten episodes in 2002.

Supergirl has a new suit and a new haircut this season, but they almost decided not to have her new haircut in the show. Costume Designer Victoria Auth told insider dot com quote “We were moving the whole concept of ‘Supergirl’ into a bit more sophistication, and I think she just thought, ‘new suit, new ‘do,'” Auth told Insider. “It kind of worked to balance each other. They were going to put her in a wig and hold on to the old cut, but then once they saw it, they thought it was a nice freshening.” unquote 

Didn’t Supergirl have a mohawk in one version in the comic books? Frankly I’ve always liked Supergirl with billowy Farrah Fawcett kinda hair, but that’s just me.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be making an appearance on Batwoman. The Hollywood Reporter  says she will play DC Universe tv and radio personality Vesper Fairchild. IN the comics the character was one of Bruce Wayne’s one time girlfriends. Maddow will be seen once but heard in multiple episodes. Rachael shared her excitement on Twitter saying quote “I know no one’s going to believe this is true, but it’s true. I’m ‘Vesper Fairchild’ in the new Batwoman TV show that starts this Sunday night on The CW. (My character is soooo not me; turns out playing her is one of the most fun things I’ve ever done).”  Showrunner caroline dries said in a statement quote “We consider Vesper Fairchild to be the sardonic Voice of Gotham,” “In addition to Rachel’s interest in Batwoman, we thought she’d be the perfect casting choice because her own hard-hitting journalism wildly contrasts Vesper’s penchant for snark, gossip and criticism of female superheroes.”

And on the heels of that announcement comes this one, Sabastian Roche from the Man in the High Castle and Vampire Diaries has joined the cast of Batwoman as a recurring character named Dr. Campbell.

The Joker is getting a lot of mileage this year, isn’t he. Legendary filmmaker John Carpenter is getting his turn at the clown prince of crime as the writer of the comic The Joker Year of the Villain. Here’s the blurb: “In this one-shot special, Lex Luthor – now a human-alien hybrid – has made his appeal to the world, asking its citizens to embrace doom and give in once and for all to evil, humanity’s true nature. In exchange, he will grant them the tools to ascend to their ultimate selves. While some DC villains (and heroes) are willing to hear what “Apex Lex” has to offer, the Clown Prince of Crime isn’t going to wait around until Lex gets to him. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.” The comic will be out this week.

Comedian and acgor Pete Davidson missed the preiere of SNL to film James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad in Atlanta.. Pete also went to a special screening of The Joker in Atlanta with the cast of the movie. James Gunn posted a picture of the cast on Instagram. “#TheSuicideSquad (and Pom). Many of us are doing weird things in this photo. After a screening of Joker (thanks @wbpictures!),” No word on when Pete will be returning to Saturday Night Live.

 At NYCC DC announced that they are releasing  a new official DC Timeline. In this timeline, Wonder Woman is the first superhero of the Golden Age. There are four eras on this time timeline, The first“Dawn of the Heroic Age,” includes the Justice Society of America, the All Star Squadron, and the Freedom Fighters. The Second“The Space Age,” began with Superman and featured the Justice League and Doom Patrol before giving way to The Third“The Age of Crisis,” starting with Crisis on Infinite Earths. And the fourth “The Flashpoint,”starting with Flashpoint the current era and extending into the future of the just-reintroduced Legion of Super-Heroes. I’m pretty happy to stay in the third. 

Geek

Todd McFarlane believes that there will be a Spawn Universe. Todd Speaking with comic book dot coms Jim Viscardi was asked if it was time to expand Spawn even title wise, Todd replied quote “So essentially there’s been a blink in the universe and it’s sort of awakened a bunch of things or it’s triggered a bunch of things. And so this battle that he’d been raging for 300 issues, almost exclusively as a solo act is now going to slowly morph into that,” “Not necessarily that he’s going to have a team, although that could be possible in the future. But that he’s not going to be alone and that there’s going to be other soldiers in this war because it’s a daunting task what he’s trying to do right now. And, he intellectually knows he can’t do it by himself. So he’s going to get help one way or another, whether he wants it or not, helps coming.” “The bigger sort of stories moving forward is what does all that mean? A) help is always good, but if the people helping you don’t have the same mindset or have their own agendas or have their own attitudes, then what seems like it should be a positive can turn into a neutral or a negative. And those are all the things that arguably any theme books go through, the mechanisms of who are all these individuals when they run into each other.” He also said that there would be some new material coming to the books. Saying quote And, then we’re going to start going from there and then building hopefully some new super villains if you will, that will be on par with the Clown and some of the other characters I’ve had in the book. But maybe in 10 years, we’ll be thought of in the same category as some of the big sort of iconic superheroes. Don’t know if it’ll happen, but I think it’s time. I think it’s time to just create my Spawn verse, if you will.

And with issue 301 The Guinness World Records will be giving Todd MacFarlane the world record for longest running creator owned superhero comic book series

Netflix’s Bojack Horseman is coming to an end with season 6. The last season will be presented in two parts, the first part will debut at the end of October and the second half at the end of January. IN a press release about it McFarlane talked about how long running series come in on the backs of a lot of people saying quote “As much as I am proud to be receiving this award, I gratefully accept it on behalf of all those who helped me the past 27 years on this journey.” unquote 

It’s now official. Kevin Smith’s next film will be Clerks 3. Kevin broke the news in a post on Instagram and a poster standing next to Jay Mewes and Jeff Anderson quote”3 CLERKS,” . “Thanks to the good folks at [Leeloo Multiprops], I got to see Randal! Jeff Anderson, Jay Mewes, and I spend Saturday signing stuff and catching up, seeing so much movie merch that’s been made over the last 25 years (hit the Leeloo site for sweet signed skateboards)! But even better than that? We talked about making a movie together. It’ll be a movie that concludes a saga. It’ll be a movie about how you’re never too old to completely change your life. It’ll be a movie about how a decades-spanning friendship finally confronts the future. It’ll be a movie that brings us back to the beginning – a return to the cradle of civilization in the great state of New Jersey. It’ll be a movie that stars Jeff and Brian O’Halloran with me and Jay in supporting roles. And it’ll be a movie called CLERKS III!” unquote. This will be a new version of the script and not the old one that he wrote a few years back.

Disney Plus and Amazon have hit a snag. Amazon’s Fire TV might not get Disney Plus in a dispute over advertising. Amazon apparently wants the right to sell a quote “substantial percentage of the ad space on Disney apps,” unquote, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Disney is resisting. Let’s hope the two mega money giants come to an agreement by next month as Disney Plus is set to debut on November twelfth. 

Rick and Morty’s return is imminent! Adult Swim announced that Rick And Morty will be back for a five episode half season run on November 10th. Just remember that this is just the beginning as the show was renewed for 70 episodes. 

The peacock network NBC is putting into development a post apocalyptic civilization rebuilding drama called The Vault from Keshet Studios and Universal TV. The Vault is written by Jesse Lasky and centers around a cataclysmic event seemingly wipes out the planet, the survival of humanity rests upon Annie, a geobiologist who has been setting up a state-of-the-art facility in the Arctic known as the Vault. It houses a dozen experts in their respective fields all with specific skill sets that would be essential in rebuilding civilization.

Lasky executive produces with Keshet’s Avi Nir, Peter Traugott, Rachel Kaplan and Alon Shtruzman. Lasky is managed by Echo Lake Entertainment.

Joker had a big opening weekend nearly matching Justice League and becoming Warner Bros Second Biggest Opening Weekend since Wonder Woman.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Show Notes: Episode 41: Pouring out a Romulan Ale for Rom and Episode 42: An Oscar for Endgame

Tonight! Someone wants to make a new Star Wars Holiday Special, The Tardigrade case gets decided and we say farewell to the first Ferengi in Starfleet all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. Ya know, you put a show together, you think it’s gonna be a great episode, lots to talk about, then you get a piece of news that just shakes you down a little. The death of Aron Eisenberg was just such a piece of news. I got to meet him a while back at Planet Comicon when they had a veritable Ferengi-a-palooza and about a decade before that at another convention that had all the Ferengis…and a Ferengi of a convention promoter. He was very nice, very personable and I loved the character of Nog. Star Trek Deep Space Nine has pretty much always been my favorite trek show. His death kind of hits home.

Star Wars

You know the Holiday season is just around the corner, the christmas trees are fighting for room with the Halloween candy. Ya know,  Star Wars celebrated the holidays once, with somewhat hilarious and bizarre consequences. Well, Jon Favreau would like to repair that image with a brand spanking new Star Wars Holiday Special of his own. While Speaking with entertainment tonight at the Saturn Awards, Mr. Favreau told them that he would like to see Disney Plus tackle the special. Saying quote “I would love to do someday, maybe on Disney+, we’ll do a Holiday Special too. Wouldn’t that be wonderful?” “I gotta pitch that to them. We’ll see. If you wanna see a Holiday Special, let Disney+ know!” unquote. So would you like to see Jon favreau make a new Star Wars Holiday Special? I guess we gotta start tweeting Disney Plus.

Speaking of the new streaming service, which is just a little under two months away…hope you’re ready. A rumor has been making the rounds  that a sequel to Solo A Star Wars story could be in the offing for Disney Plus. The rumor seems to come from Jeremy Conrad of Star Wars unity dot com, he wrote on his site quote “While we’ll probably not see a sequel or continuation of Han’s story, I’ve heard a rumor that some kind spin-off set after the events of the movie is being developed as a Disney+ series. As it probably wouldn’t be about Han, Chewie, or Lando; some kind of underworld series dealing with the Crimson Dawn and other scoundrels sounds the most likely,” unquote  So we’re pretty deep in rumor territory here and while I try to stay out of rumors here, but I think I’d be interested in something like this, I actually liked Solo. Hey Disney Plus, give me the Holiday Special AND this too. Take my money!

IN a recent episode to The Star Wars show on Youtube, they painstakingly figured out how much damage Han did to the millenium falcon during the Kessel Run Sequence of Solo: A Star Wars Story. How much was the damage? 87,500 credits. Kinda makes you wonder why they wouldn’t have just bought a new ship? Did they have Farmers insurance on the ship? Heck the fact that the Falcon is still space worthy in the current trilogy is nothing short of a miracle.

So your chillin, watching A new Hope and you’re eyes fall upon the Stormtrooper bumping his head in that one scene. Ever think to yourself, I wonder what happened to that guy? Nope? Well I guess you’re gonna get the answer anyway, A UK documentary crew has set itself the task of finding the guy who bumped his head. Star Wars fans will learn which of three extras did the gaff in the documentary mini movie which will be released this month. Apparently the film will feature a number of celebrity cameos from Kevin Smith to Greg Grunberg.

Jamie Stangroom the film maker partially funded this on Indie GoGo with the following description quote The Empire Strikes Door is a fun mini documentary (30 minutes +) which aims to solve a Star Wars mystery! We know who Luke’s father is. We know who stole the Death Star plans. We even know who shot first! What we don’t know is the identity of the stormtrooper who cracked his skull against a Death Star door, in one of cinema’s most famous bloopers….I wanted to track him down, and relive his memories of that fateful day. It sounded simple, until I actually started looking. It wasn’t that I couldn’t find him, it’s that I kept finding more of him! I now have three suspects, and no idea who to trust.” unquote The Empire Strikes Door will be available on September 25th on Stangroom’s Youtube Channel.  Yep.

Star Trek

The next book in the Star Trek Discovery novel line arrives this December. This time focusing on Paul Stamets. Star trek Discovery Dead endless is written by David Galanter. The Synopsis reads quote 

“The U.S.S. Discovery’s specialty is using its spore-based hub drive to jump great distances faster than any warp-faring vessel in Starfleet. To do this, Lieutenant Paul Stamets navigates the ship through the recently revealed mycelial network, a subspace domain Discovery can briefly transit but in which it cannot remain. After responding to a startling distress call originating from within the network, the Discovery crew find themselves trapped in an inescapable realm where they will surely perish unless their missing mycelial fuel is found or restored. Is the seemingly human man found alone and alive inside the network the Starfleet officer he claims to be, or an impostor created by alien intruders who hope to extract themselves from the mycelial plane at the expense of all lives aboard Discovery?” unquote  Stamets is getting quote a push lately. He’s the featured character in the new episodes of Star Trek Online. 

CBS creative officer David Nevins is looking forward to Star Trek’s future in the as yet to be merged ViacomCBS. I reiterate not yet merged, not done. Unlike some other podcasts, I like to have correct facts. And the facts are that A company isn’t merged until it’s merged. Anyway, Nevins spoke at a Conference put on by Bank of America Merrill Lynch in LA. According to Deadline , He told the audience quote “We really believe in not only serving inside our own ecosystem but serving people outside,” Nevins said at the event. “What we’re trying to do right now with Star Trek is build that brand. We want it to get younger and more relevant to people.” He referred to the merger as creating a “virtuous eco-system” where “If you’re smart about it, you can create a lot of value.” unquote Hey, as long as it’s good content and not content just for contents sake, I’m all for it. 

Anyway, While we wait for this virtuous eco-system to form, why not have a refreshing Romulan Ale. But how do you make it? The How to Drink Youtube channel has a recipe for you to try. They’re recipe includes 1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Simple Syrup

1 o.z -or- 30 ml. Lime Juice

1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Blue Curaçao

2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Plantation 3 Star white rum

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And if you want a non alcoholic version he has a recipe for a Romulan Ginger Ale. it contains.

 .5 oz. -or- 15 ml. Lime JUice

1 oz. -or- 30 ml. Ginger Syrup (more to taste)

2 oz. -or- 60 ml. Butterfly Pea Blossom Tea

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top with seltzer

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And now an update to a story I did all the way back in Episode 8 of the podcast last September, now I could make you stop and download that episode and listen to the story, but let me just go over it real quick…

 Anas Abdin, is the creator of a 2014 indie game called Tardigrades He was suing CBS and Netflix over Discovery, for infringing on his creative property. Anas’ claims revolved around the show supposedly stealing the idea that an alien Tardigrade is the key to interstellar transport and humans are exploring this through a scientific breakthrough, and he also claims the relationship between Paul Stammets and Hugh Culber is similar to one explored in his 2014 game. The Discovery character of Stammets even bore strikingresemblance to a character from the game.

There’ll be a link in the show notes. http://anas-tronaut.blogspot.com/2018/08/tardigrades-case.html 

Well in a blog post this past friday Anis posted quote  I just returned from visiting dad from the cemetery, I got the news that the judge ruled against me. I would like to thank everyone who supported me. I don’t have enough words to describe my gratitude to everyone who believed in me and my case. I cannot thank my lawyers enough for believing in me and fighting for me. I respect the ruling and I expect everyone to do so. I’m not sure what happens to my project now, or my independent-game development career in general. Unquote I feel so sorry for him… Let’s dig a little deeper here.

Here’s what the legal brief states quote Defendants’ motion to dismiss is granted because Star Trek: Discoveryand  Plaintiff’sVideogame are not substantially similar as a matter of law in concept, characters, settings and “overall feel.”In particular, the tardigrade in Star Trek: Discovery is not substantially similar to Plaintiff’s tardigrade in concept, attributes and overall feel. The brief then goes on to compare and contrast the video game and the show quote The plots of both works are similar solely to the extent that the characters go on adventures in space, and some of the adventures involve alien tardigrades. This common storyline of adventuring through space and discovering aliens is a scènes-à-faire common toworks that involve space travel. Just as “cowboys, bank robbers, and shootouts in stories of the American West . . . get no protection,” alien contact in fictional stories about space adventures gets no protection. Moreover, the Television Series’ plot also involves subjects that are not part of the Videogame: the war between the Federation and Klingons, and the personal struggles of individual characters that involve redemption, growth,and fitting in as an outsider. Unquote 

US District Court Judge Lorna Schofield granted CBS’s motion to dismiss, ending the case.

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Movie Pass is no more. The theater subscription service  notified subscribers that it was ending as of September fourteenth due to failure to raise new funds to keep it going. HOwever even though the service is dead, it still spawned theater chains like AMC, Regal and Cinemark to start their own subscription services. Personally, I would be interested in such a service, if I lived closer to a big city.

M. Night Shyamlan keeps finding work. The filmmaker is now developing two new thriller projects for Universal Pictures according to Variety the two movies, as of yet untitled are scheduled for February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023. Universal studio president Peter Crammer said in a statement quote “M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” studio president Peter Cramer said in a statement. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.” According to Variety, M. Night will self finance his next two films. 

Wheel of time, turn turn turn. Amazon’s production of The Wheel of Time has started production. This year also marks the twelfth anniversary of the death of the Wheel of Time author Robert Jordan. According to a video released by Amazon to commemorate the occasions Showrunner Rafe Jundkins said quote “Hey everyone, today is our first day of principal photography on The Wheel of Time television series, and for all of us, it’s a little bit emotional because it is also quite coincidentally the twelfth anniversary of the author, Robert Jordan’s, passing,” “So as much as I’m excited about this new endeavor that we are all embarking on, I am also quite humbled and honored to remember the man who began all of this. Tai’shar Rigney.” The series stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine a member of the mysterious organization called the Aes Sedai, as she leads a group of adventurers on a journey that could change their world forever.

The final pieces are falling in place for next years Ghostbusters movie. Original Ghostbusters Ernie Hudson and Dan Aykroyd have both confirmed they will be returning to Ghostbusters. Dan Aykroyd confirmed his involvement during an interview of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. He told Joe quote “I’m not in the pictures so much anymore. We’ve got the Ghostbusters movie that we’re working on now and I will have to be performing in that,“”Ivan Reitman’s son Jason has written a new movie called, well, it’s gonna be Ghostbusters, the third movie. It will be all, most of the original people and then young stars.” unquote Ernie confirmed his involvement in a Cameo video for a fan. The movie will be arriving in theaters on July tenth.

According to a report from the hollywood reporter, Universal might be trying to do something with it’s Monsters again. This time it’s with Paul Feig. The Reporter has learned that he is behind a new project called Dark army. This new project joins the Invisible Man which comes in 2020 from Blumhouse. So what is the Dark Army? No one seems to know other than that it will be an original idea and the rumors are circulating that it will feature the classic universal monsters plus new Feig created characters. So I guess we will have to keep our ears open.

It’s awards time. So let’s look at who won this years Creative Arts emmys. The Creative Arts emmys are of course the awards that are too numerous (and boring) to be given out at the big emmy award show . So let’s take a look at our genre winners. Short form animated program went to Netflix’s Love Death and Robots, The Simpsons won the  animated program emmy the series has more emmys than it has seasons 34 wins.,It would be 35 except Seth McFarlane won for Best character voice over performance for his work on Family Guy, Guest actress in a drama went to Cherry Jones as Holly in The Handmaid’s Tale, The Handmaid’s Tale also got the award for production design one hour or more, Guest actor for Bradley Whitford Prosthetic makeup for a limited series movie or special went ot Star Trek Discovery, The Netflix series Russian Doll picked up an emmy for production design half hour and one for contemporary costumes. Game of Thrones really won big getting awards for Sound editing, special effects, costumes,non prosthetic makeup,stunt coordination drama, main titles, original dramatic score, casting for a drama and  sound mixing. They also picked up the award for Outstanding Drama and Peter Dinklage walked away with the emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor award. Whew. Guess they wanted the show to go out big.   

So who walked away the big winners? HBO walked away with 34 trophys this year, Netflix came in second with 27 and Amzon in third with 15. The traditional networks were all in single digits with ABC completly shut out. Guess the emmy voters are getting tired of Modern Family.

Now for more award news I’ll have the Saturn awards in the comics edition in a couple of days.

Sid Haig has passed away. He will probably be known to the current generation as Captain Spaulding from Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil’s Rejects and 3 From Hell. But he also appeared in a variety of tv shows dating back decades including Batman, Star Trek in the first season episode The Return of The Archons, Mission: Impossible, Gunsmoke,Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Get Smart and MacGyver, His movie credits also include THX1138, Diamonds are Forever, Foxy Brown, Jackie Brown and Rob Zombie’s Halloween reboot. Earlier this month he was hospitalized after falling at his home in Los Angeles. He developed a lung infection while recovering and died on September 21, from complications dut to the infectionHe was 80.

And Finally some sad news. This past Saturday the 21st. We got news that Star Trek Deep Space Nine’s favorite young ferengi has passed awayActor Aron Eisenberg has passed away. The news was broken by his wife Malissa Longo on Facebook. Quote It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today.

He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. He sought to live his life with integrity and truth.

He was so driven to put the best he had into whatever work was put before him.

He lived his life with such vigor and passion.

He was like a breath of fresh air, because I knew I would always hear the truth from him. Even if I didn’t want to hear it and even if the truth was inconvenient.

He made me (and still makes me) want to be the best human I can possibly be, because he always strove to be the best human he could be.

His resilience and willingness to learn was and is an inspiration.

We didn’t officially announce that we had eloped on December 28th, 2018. We were hoping to have a big shindig in celebration of our nuptials, but had to wait to save up the money.

While, our marriage, on paper, was a short one. Our hearts had been married for far longer.

I will be forever thankful for the time we had to love each other.

Five years felt like a lifetime, in the best possible ways.

There will never be another light like Aron’s. The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally.

At the moment I’m not sure how to do life without him…

He is and always will be My California. Unquote

Aron Eisenberg was born on January 6, 1969 in Hollywood, California His first role was in 1988. And he made appearances on Parker Lewis can’t lose, The Wonder Years and tales from the crypt. His big role came in 1993 on the second Star Trek spinoff, Deep Space Nine as the ferengi waiter Rom’s son Nog. His role was pretty much small at first, but by the end of the series Nog had become a fully fleshed out character, having gone to Starfleet Academy and losing a leg during the Dominion War. He even revived the role for the game Star Trek Online as Captain Nog. He also guest starred on an episode of Star Trek Voyager as a Kazon youth.

In recent years it had been revealed that Aron had been diagnosed with kidney failure, having been born with only one functioning kidney. On December 29, 2015, he received a successful kidney transplant. he is survived by his wife and his two sons.

Now let’s take a breather and take a look at the box office report.

So let’s look at this past weekend’s box office.

https://www.boxofficemojo.com/weekend/chart/

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Tonight! The Suicide Squad is fully loaded, will the New Warriors ever see the screen? And if you loved the Lego movie,you’ll love Funkos  all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. For starters I’d like to thank you all for a little while the podcast hit Number One on the Apple Podcasts Entertainment News chart. So thank you very much. 

Did you catch the Emmy awards this past Sunday. I watched and I was bored. I just had no real interest in the main ceremony. Heck, I’m actually surprised that Game of Thrones won Best Drama considering how disliked the last season seemed to be. I don’t know why they didn’t all turn to George on stage there and tell him he wasn’t leaving the theater until  he finished the damn book.

Anyway let’s talk news…

DC

James Gunn dropped a cast list poster for The Suicide Squad and it’s a big one. The cast includes: David Dasmalchian, John Cena, Jai Courtney, Joaquin Cosio, Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, Mayling NG, Flula Borg, Sean Gunn, Juan Diego Botto, Storm Reid, Pete Davidson, Taika Waititi, Alica Braga, Steve Agee, Tinashe Kajese, Daniela Melchior, Peter Capaldi, Julio Ruiz, Jennifer Holland, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Margot Robbie, and Michael Rooker. However don’t expect much more than that for a long long time. Mr. Gunn replying to a fan’s plea for more information received the response quote Some characters will get out. Some already have (although some reported on, including from reputable sources, have been very wrong). But, in all honesty, I don’t know if we’ll officially release character info for a long long while to come. Unquote  I’m still betting that half these actors will get killed in the first five minutes. 

Joker comes out on October 4th and it’s runtime will be just a couple of minutes over two hours. Literally, two hours and two minutes. Comicbook dot com speaking with director Todd Phillps at an advanced screening for the movie told them that the first cut was a bit longer coming in at quote 2 hours and 35 minutes unquote . Adding quote “There are so many cuts”

While Todd Phillips was there he wanted to correct a story we talked about in the last comic edition of the podcast. In a piece in Empire magazine Todd was quoted saying that such things as the Joker falling into a vat of acid was a comic book thing. 

Todd told comic book dot com that quote “It’s funny because a lot of you guys have probably reprinted something I said in Empire where I was misquoted,”  “I’m not gonna complain, I like the writer; he wrote a great piece where I said we didn’t take anything from the comic book world. It’s actually not what I said. What I said was we didn’t take anything from one particular comic. We kind of picked and chose what we liked from the kind of 80-year canon of Joker. We kind of pulled a few things that we liked.” unquote 

 he also addressed the unknown time period that the film is set in saying quote “For us, we never say in the movie it’s 1981, but we always say, ‘It’s late seventies early eighties,’ mainly because we don’t want people to be like ‘Wow that car wasn’t out in 1979’, so late seventies early eighties,” “But the time for me, the reason we set it there, well there’s a lot of reasons. One reason was to separate it quite frankly, from the DC universe. When I pitched to Warner Brothers, and handed the script in, to sort of make it clear, this isn’t f—ing with anything you have going on. This is like a separate universe. So much so, it takes place in the past, before everything else.”

So to sum up, they cherry picked comic book references and were non committal on the exact time period that the film takes place.  Ya, still not the movie for me. Do me a favor, if you go and see it, send me a review and I’ll use it in an upcoming episode.

So did you see the Bat Symbol this past Saturday? To celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary, DC and Warner Bros arranged for the Bat Symbol to light up landmarks and skyscrapers around the world. Pam Lifford, president of Warner Bros Global Brands and Experiences in a press release said about the event quote “The Bat-Signal is easily one of the most recognizable images among all superhero iconography and this is going to be a remarkable sight as we transcend borders, languages and cultures to bring us all together with this single experience,”. “We are proud to send up the Bat-Signal on Batman Day because it is an important beacon of inspiration that makes us all believe that it’s possible to take hardship and turn it into something good. Batman Day is a global celebration for all the fans.” unquote So did you do anything special to celebrate the Batman? Personally I waited for Commissioner Gordon to call …still waiting…..

Issue eighteen of Superman and issue seven of Lois Lane will be a change to the status quo as Superman and Lois will come clean with the city of Metropolis and reveal his secret identity. The solicitation for Superman goes like this  With Superman’s family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel’s life ever! And for Lois Lane number seven is this Someone wanting to kill Lois Lane is nothing new for the famed reporter, but is it because of something she knows or something she’s about to uncover? Plus, this issue ties to the events of December’s Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the world. What will this mean for them in the future? Superman number eighteen goes on shelves on December 11th and Lois Lane number seven will be out on New Year’s Day 2020.

And while Superman might be canceling his secret identity, DC is canceling a title. This time it’s Deathstroke, which will be coming to a close with number fifty. The solicitation for the issue reads quote It all comes down to this. With the fate of his family hanging in the balance, the real Slade Wilson must take on his most dangerous foe yet—himself! Unquote So it’s Deathstroke vs Deathstroke to the death…stroke. Guess we will find out who wins on December fourth.

In an exclusive in deadline dot com, it’s been revealed that Jonah Hill is in talks to play a villain in the upcoming The Batman movie starring Robert Pattinson. This news comes right on the heels of another piece of casting news for the movie, that Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright is in talks to play Commissioner Gordon. The movie will hit theaters in June of 2021.

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Marvel

Production for the Marvel Hulu series Helstrom might be just a few days from starting in Vancouver, but they’re still casting some characters. According to Comicbook dot com The series is looking for someone to play Daimon and Satana Helsorom and Marduk, their demon father.

According to an unconfirmed report they’re looking for an actor in the forty or fifty year range to pay Marduk and actors in their twenties or thirties to lay Daimon and Ana. The show quote “follows Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer, who use their powers to track down the worst of humanity.”

Now while news about all the new Marvel shows is slowly creeping out, one show might be DOA. 

The Marvel show The New Warriors seems to be in development hell as a report has surfaced that the show was rejected by Freeform, although the report is as of yet unconfirmed. It’s status has been up in the air for awhile now as this show has been in limbo for at least 3 years. So I guess we’ll just wait here in limbo as well until we get confirmation about the show. That’s called due diligence folks. 

Marvel Comics has officially confirmed who is the most powerful mutant in the Marvel universeIN the History of the Marvel Universe #3.IN the comic a dying Galactus at the end of the dying universe tells an adult and very old, though looking good Franklin Richards that he is the most powerful mutant ever, due to his ability to literally manipulate the reality of the universe and create new universes.

One of the big surprises of D23 was the news that the next Thor movie: Thor Love and Thunder was going to have Natalie Portman back in the series and she’d get to be Thor. Director Taika Waititi has revealed to MTV News which Thor will be the main attraction in the movie. He told MTV News that quote “It’s Chris [Hemsworth]. It’s a Thor film. He is Thor, it’s a Thor film. She’s in it.” unquote So there you have it. He’s Thor, but we do know she will get to wield the hammer, which also makes her Thor. But we have a long way to go, the movie isn’t due out until 2021.

It looks like Disney wants an Oscar for the Endgame. The company now has a placeholder page for Avengers Endgame on it’s For Your Consideration page. It’s promoting Avengers Endgame, the live action Aladdin, Toy Story 4, the live action Lion King and the upcoming Frozen 2. Although it should be noted that Disney has yet to announce these submissions. They are also expected to campaign for Robert Downey Jr. to get a Best Actor nomination as well.  I think he’s earned it 3000.

We have some news on the Disney Plus Ms. Marvel series, a new report out of Discussing Film says that the new series will begin filming a year starting this month, September 2020. They also mentioned that they are looking for an unknown to play the main role of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel. 

By the way, Disney has opened up Sign Ups for Disney Plus The service will start on November 12. You can signup at disneyplus.com with a credit card or Paypal. The bundle with Hulu won’t be available for signup until the service starts. The cost of the service is 6.99 a month or 69.99 a year. The bundle with Hulu won’t be available until launch. 

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The Harbinger movie, based on the Valiant comic book has changed studios. The Hollywood Reporter reports that it’s gone from Sony to Paramount. Nothing else has changed, same director, writer, etc. However it will not go into production for quite some time. Interestingly enough this was supposed to be part of a shared movie universe akin to the MCU. However, another part of this universe, Bloodshot, which stars Vin Diesel is still set to come out from Sony next year. The only good news here is that the VCU is not entirely dead. Bloodshot is now the only Valiant property Sony has licensed through Valiant and is also not a cornerstone of the valiant universe so they can still make the VCU. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 

The Netflix adaptation of the Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s Jupiter’s Legacy comic has lost its showrunner. Steven S DeKnight who co created and ran the first season of Marvel’s Daredevil for Netflix has left over creative differences. According to Deadline, Mr. De Knight has an overall deal with Netflix and left Jupiter’s Legacy half way through the filming of the eight episode season. Netflix is of course not gonna let the chair cool long, production will not be halted while they search for a new showrunner. The series is described as “what would happen if a hero like Superman married Wonder Woman and had children… and those children grew up in the age of reality TV.” and stars Josh Duhamel, Leslie Bibb, Elena Kampouris and Andrew Horton.

Amazon’s The Boys is a winner. According to new data obtained by ScreenRant dot com, the series is more popular that the Netflix Marvel shows. The data from Parrot Analytics show that The Boys had 50 million Demand Expressions per day in its fifth week since release. In comparison The   first seasons of the Netflix shows tended to get around 15 or 20 million Demand expressions a day for the same timeframe. The Boys is currently filming it’s second season.

So….you love the Lego movie and it’s cross pollination of characters? Well Warner Bros is hoping to hit paydirt again with a different set of toys. Funko Pops! Deadline reports that Warners has optioned the rights to the popular brand and will develop and produce a movie based on them. Lloyd Taylor has been hired to write a script. Funko CEO Brian Mariotti said about the partnership quote “We’re thrilled for this opportunity and are committed to make an amazing Funko movie that stands on its own merit. This isn’t about selling toys or building a brand. The team at Warner Animation Group has a unique vision of what the first film should be and we are extremely excited to take this journey alongside them.” unquote. Maybe they should call it Funko Pops Out of the box. Since no one ever takes theirs out of the box. 

Let’s go over some of the winners of this years Saturn Awards.

Avengers Endgame walked away with 6 awards including Best Comic to Film motion picture,best actor robert downey Jr, best production design, best editing, best makeup,and  best special effects. Game of Thrones was the big winner with 4 awards including best fantasy tv, best actress Emilia Clarke, best supporting actor Peter Dinklage and best younger actor Maisie Williams. In the streaming category, Star Trek Discovery was the big winner with 3 awards including best streaming series, best streaming actress Sonequa Martin Green and best streaming supporting actor Doug Jones. Ready Player One, Toy Story 4, Spider-Man INto The Spiderverse Daredevil, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, all walked away with awards and we will have the full list on the website. Jeph Loeb got the Dan Curtis Legacy award, Jon Favreau won the Visionary Award and Kevin Feige got the Stan Lee World Builder Award.

Rick and Morty producer J. Michael Mendel has passed away. The news was confirmed by Rick and Morty creator Justin Roiland with the following tweet quote My friend, partner, and line producer Mike Mendel passed away. I am devastated. My heart breaks for his family. I don’t know what I’m going to do without you by my side Mike. I’m destroyed. Unquote Mike served as an associate producer on The Simpsons for teh show’s first five seasons and continued to produce episodes until season ten. After that he went on to produce animated shows such as The PJs, Drawn Together, and Sit Down Shut Up. he also served as an associate producer on Jerry Maguire. Starting in 2013, Mister Mendel served as a producer on Rick and Morty, having a hand in 22 of the show’s episodes. His most recent episode was is the show’s Season 3 premiere, “The Rickshank Rickdemption”. During his carrer he earned seven nominations and four wins at the Emmys, winning for The Simpsons in 1995, 1997, and 1998, as well as for Rick and Morty’s “Pickle Rick” episode last year. Mendel is survived by his wife, fellow Emmy winner and casting director Juel Bestrop. He died at home from natural causes, he was fifty four years old.

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