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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Episode Twenty One: We Haven’t Been Bought by Disney…Yet.

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Tonight! We look at the Galaxy’s Edge, we check in on What we left behind and The Mouse finally gets The Fox on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
  
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Star Wars news begins with a lot of peaks at the Galaxy’s Edge at Walt Disney World and Disney Land. The DisneyLand version will open on May 31st, while the Disney World version will open on August 29th.

First off, is the new Tie Fighters https://www.reddit.com/r/StarWarsLeaks/comments/avw1wz/tie_echelon_from_galaxys_edge_and_maybe_ix/?utm_content=media&utm_medium=post_embed&utm_name=2de182e27dc54057950d572ea822c0c1&utm_source=embedly&utm_term=avw1wz The TIE Echelon, which was confirmed by ABC News’s Clayton Sandall, will  appear in an upcoming movie, but nothing concrete on if it’ll be in Episode Nine. Sandall described quote It combines, if you could imagine Kylo’s shuttle kind of shrunken down into a TIE fighter look.” unquote We have also learned that the battalion of First Order Stormtroopers patrolling the park will be The 709th, aka The red Fury. Entertainment Weekly noted quote “This elite squad from The First Order has arrived on a new ship — the TIE Echelon, which has a cockpit similar to Kylo Ren’s batwinged shuttle but the curved foils of Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1.”

So while you’re at Disneyland or Disney World checking out the new Tie fighter and evading the Stormtroopers, why not sit down for a tall glass of Blue Bantha Milk. Blue Milk is, of course, what was served to Luke by his Aunt Beru in his last meal before his Aunt and Uncle met their grisly fates. Scott Trowbridge, the Disney Imagineer in charge of galaxy’s edge shared with Entertainment Weekly, quote  “I will tell you it’s not actually milk,”“If you’re walking around Florida in the middle of August, the last thing you want is, uh, a huge glass of milk.” He might be right, you might end up with a cold glass of Blue Cottage Cheese or worse. Perhaps they should make some cheese so you can have a Bantha Cheese pizza. Wonder if there’s an alchol filled version…a Blue Russian?

So you’ve had the milk, now what. We have word or two on the major attractions at Galaxy’s Edge. First off is Smuggler’s Run, which puts guests in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon has either a pilot, gunner or flight engineer, each with a different role, so you can have a different experience every time you ride.

Also you have Rise of the Resistance, that puts you in the role of a new recruit with the Resistance in a battle against the First Order and a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes you inside a full size starship and aboard a nearby Star Destroyer.

And of course you’re visit is not complete unless you empty your wallet of Galactic credits. The Droid Depot will let guests build their own astromech droids. Patrons will build either a R-series or BB series and can customize their droids with various parts and colors. You can also buy a pre-built droid and other droid related items.

You can also visit Savi’s Workshop to make your own lightsaber, Just cause the Jedi’s are no more doesn’t mean you can have a light sword of your own. And at Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities, guest will fine items from Star Wars galactic history, including holocrons, Jedi and Sith artifacts and more. There’s also a Toydarian Toymaker, the Resistance Supply for all your resistance gear, the First Order Cargo for your First Order gear. And much much more.

I’ll have a link in the show notes for an article at Comicbook.com with a list of all the locations at the park.

A leaked lego set might just have confirmed a return to Rey’s home planet of Jakku An Instargamer by the name of savcreationsog claims that a set titled Assault on Jakku will sell for nearly fifty dollars and contain 399 pieces. No images of the set and for all we know this might be a complete fabrication. However, it must be noted that Episode IX did have principal photography that took place in Jordan, where Jakku was filmed in The Force Awakens, so….connect your own dots or bricks.

Chris Avellone, the writer of Star Wars Knights of the Old republic II and Fallout New Vegas is apparently working on a new Star Wars game,  Star Wars Jedi: The Fallen Order for Respawn. The games writer took to Twitter and confirmed it quote “I can’t say 100% b/c of NDAs, but the ones I can say: I just finished up work with Jedi: The Fallen Order – and beyond that, there’s another big bomb dropping in a month,”. “Er, I mean, maybe. Ahem

Jedi Fallen Order is A new action adventure game which tells an original story set shortly after the events of Star Wars™: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith™.

Currently, to watch all 10 films in the Star Wars saga, one would have to watch around 23 hours of film. Lucky for us, Topher Grace and Jeff Yorkes have condensed that down into one five minute video entitled Star Wars forever. Topher announced the compilation on his twitter quote “10 movies. 2 nerds. 1 weekend (when our wives were out of town). Enjoy…” The video boils it down to the key or iconic moments in the movies. This isn’t the first time Topher has taking a knife to Star Wars, back in 2012, he whittled down the prequel trilogy down to a single film. Topher said that it wasn’t a way to discredit George Lucas’ it was just an experiment to hone his editing skills. Topher told IndieWire why he did it. Quote“I don’t know what other guys do. Go fishing? For me, this is just a great way to relax,” “There’s something really zen about it.” So is there something you’d like to edit down into a smaller package?

Star Wars Celebration is just around the corner and our friends over at SciFi4Me will have a correspondent at the event. And Jedi News has revealed some of the exclusive merchandise that will be offered at the event. First on the list is Plush Loth-Wolves in white or grey from Star Wars Rebels. There’s also a Rancor tiki mug with a Luke Skywalker muglet by Geeky Tiki, a special Celebration mug with an adorable Porg surprise inside. And a Darth Maul jacket to honor the 20th anniversary of The Phantom Menace.  Twenty years since the Phantom Menace. I guess it’s time to fire up the Bluray and see if it holds up.

Star Trek

So many Trek series, so little time…Let’s start off with The Picard show is on a hiring first off is the initial director for the pilot episode, That honor goes to Hanelle Culpepper. Hanelle might be relatively new to trek having only directed two episodes of Discovery, but she has quote the directoral pedigree. She has directed for Empire Criminal Minds, Sleepy Hollow, Grimm, Gotham, Lucifer and The Flash. This will also make her the first female director to helm a pilot episode for the franchise. We also have word straight from the mouth of Trek Alum Jonathan Frakes that he will direct  the new series. Telling the Writer Experience Podcast quote Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world. Unquote

In front of the camera we will see, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd, Cabrera has recently starred in the CBS series Salvation and Big Little Lies on HBO and Hurd’s credits include Blind Spot, the Fox tv version of Lethal Weapon as well as Ash vs Evil Dead, Daredevil and Jessica Jones. No word on what roles either actor will be in the series.

We got some new details about when production will begin. Production Weekly Said that production will begin on April 14th and go for five and a half months finishing on October 1st. The show will be shot at Santa Clarita Studios, 35 miles north of the old Paramount Studios where most Star trek series were produced. This is also the studio where Patrick Stewart filmed his two season Starz comedy series Blunt Talk.

We also have a hint at the series title, Production Weekly lists the title as Star Trek Destiny with a working title as Drawing Room. It should be noted that Destiny is one of the titles that CBS trademarked last year..

By the way,  Congratulations to actress Mary Wiseman who tied to note to her fiance Noah last month.

Moving on to shows starting production to one with episodes aplenty under its belt. CBS All Access has renewed Discovery as expected for it’s third season with production set to start in July and it will have yet another new showrunner. Michelle Paradise has been promoted to co showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman, To quote Alex Kurtzman in the official announcement, quote “Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” . “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.” I’ll have to agree that this season has been markedly better than last season. The main story is interesting, however… Maybe season three can see it tightened up some more? It’s expected that season three will air in the second or third quarter of 2020, after the new Picard show finishes up.

Now I mentioned Jonathan Frakes a couple of minutes ago, and that wasn’t the only thing he mentioned in that interview Mr. Frakes also assessed CBS’s plans for the franchise on tv quote My understanding is that Alex Kurtzman and Secret Hideout are creating a Star Trek show that will hopefully allow fans of Trek to have something fresh to see all the time. That is why Discovery, now that it is a hit, will continue, and they have announced Sir Patrick’s show, which is not titled, that will air after Discovery. And they have announced they are developing a show for Michelle Yeoh, so Empress Georgiou who is a character on Discovery will have her own stories. They have hired the guy from Rick and Morty – [Mike McMahan] – to write an animated show called Lower Decks, which I have seen parts of that are hysterical. So you have one, two, three, four. They’ve got a Nickelodeon connection for a little kid’s Star Trek, so that’s five. So, there is a world that is being created by Kurtzman and his team that will hopefully continue for many years and provide entertainment, and obviously conversation, about Star Trek for decades. Unquote  Jonathan talks a lot more about directing on the podcast, we will have a link to The Writer Experience podcast in our show notes. https://soundcloud.com/writerexperience/ep38

We also have an update on the DS9 documentary What we Left Behind. They’ve been working for months, to put 20 minutes of Deep Space Nine footage into HD. They released an update on the official website quote We’re nearly through the heavy research-and-scanning stage of our remaster, and with just a few (hundred) more film rolls ahead of us, we’re hard at work replacing the 20+ minutes of new HD sequences — spanning ALL SEVEN seasons of the original run of Deep Space Nine! Unquote  And they also posted an update on how close they are to release quote The restoration process alone is a HUGE undertaking — after all your support in funding this expensive endeavor, it has taken months of work from the CBS Digital team to coordinate, research, find, ship, scan and deliver the original film negatives for us, and more time from our team to clean up, color, and polish the resulting images (and even re-create a handful of effects!).

While we’re still waiting on final elements to arrive and distribution details to lock firmly into place, we don’t want to promise any deadlines we can’t meet with the film not yet entirely complete. They also teased a big update to come this month. So stay tuned…

Set a course for the Gamma Quadrant, GameSamba announced a sequel to Star Trek Alien Domain, Star Trek Alien Domain Incursion. The web browser based new game, which is now available pits groups of players against The Dominion in a battle for control of resources. The game is described as a hybrid of a simulation and strategy game. You can play the game at https://incursion.gamesamba.com

Marvel News

We start off Marvel news with Captain Marvel. The movie opened this past weekend grossing 455 million dollars worldwide, 153 million of that from the US. This made it the seventh largest opening for a Marvel movie of all time and puts it 18th on the list of biggest opening weekends of all time domestically.

Marvel movie star Samuel L Jackson has played both a Jedi and an agent of shield and he would be more than happy to reprise his Star wars roel of Mace Windu if asked, his Captain Marvel co-star Brie Larson confirmed to entertainment weekly that Sam even brought his lightsaber to the set of the marvel movie. Quote “I got to hold his lightsaber! He brought it to me on set on May the 4th, and I cried. It was so cool. I wanna be a Jedi.” unquote of course May the 4th is best known as Star Wars day.

Of course, we know that Captain Marvel is set in the 1990s, a time of video stores, well an interesting pop up shop has popedup in Canada (as far as we know) in the mall, a parody of Blockbuster video called Stanley’s video. Not an actual video store apparently but a scavenger hunt that nets the participant a Captain Marvel pin as a prize. Nifty.

And congratulations appear to be in order for Captain Marvel co-star Jude Law, according to Closer Weekly, Jude has officially gotten engaged to his girlfriend of four years business psychologist Phillipa Coan. This will be the second marriage for Mr. Law. The Sun reports that the wedding will take place in May with Jude’s eldest son Rafferty serving as best man.

Now over to the comic book side Thanos and Infinity Wars Artist Mike Deodato Jr.  has announced his departure from the House of ideas. However he won’t be leaving immediately, he’ll leave in June. According to Mr, Deodato On his facebook page, quote “Like everything in adult life, all decisions we make come with consequences, a price to be paid,” “In this case, in order to live my adult dream I have to let go my child dream. I have to leave Marvel. To leave home.”

“Marvel became a family to me, I grew as an artist and as a person together with all the good people I have worked there. The best people,” “Always encouraging me, always treating me with respect and care. It is weird that I feel like a teenager leaving home to face the world when I am older than a lot of them, but that is how I feel. 
 And I will miss and treasure them.” He did however teased he has one more project before he leaves, quote “June 14 will be my last day at home [Marvel], but you will keep seeing me for a while after that,” “Because my family would not let me go without a gift and what they gave me was the most amazing book ever, an opportunity for me to revisit all the characters I care the most in Marvel Universe – The Savage Avengers. I couldn’t think of a better farewell gift. We wish Dedato good wishes on his future endeavors.

On to the Sony side of the Marvel coin perhaps I should start calling it a die, there are more sides that way, Venom 2 is searching for a new director. As Venom director Ruben Fleischer won’t direct the sequel, Discussing Film has confirmed with Sony that he has departed.  According to the report production on the sequel is currently on the schedule for this November in Atlanta. Anyone want to do it?

Spiderman Into the Spider Verse is an Academy Award winning film. So how better to capitalize on this? Spin-offs! A new report from Discussing Film  says that Sony is looking into more spin offs than just the Spider Verse sequel and the all female spinoff. Which would suit Spider Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller just fine, Lord told comicbook.com quote “Look, we wanted to make a movie that felt like it was the tip of the iceberg,” “You could imagine all of these other things. So it’s music to our ears that people could imagine a Spider-Noir film, and the Spider-Ham insane cartoon.” Into the Spider-verse grossed 362.8 million worldwide and had a budget of 90 million.

Now for some breaking business news. Disney has set the closing date for the merger as 12:02 AM Eastern Time on March 20th. This indicates that the final regulatory hurdle from regluators in Mexico has been achieved.  

Not all of this is great as up to 4, 000 layoffs are expected to occur as the two companies integrate.

The closing also means that a new corporation is born, Fox Corporation will emerge from the bits and pieces of 21st Century Fox that Disney didn’t buy.

By the way, I do own stock in Disney.

DC News

We start the DC Universe news with the end…of Arrow. Stephen Amell, who plays the Green Arrow on the show announced it on his twitter feed  quote Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall,”. “There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.” The show that launched the Arrowverse of shows shot it’s first arrow in October of 2012.

Krypton’s second season has wrapped shooting. The Syfy network show left off on a bit of a cliff hanger. Season 2 will debut sometime later this year.

DC’s Legends of tomorrow has a new series regular. Jes Macallan, who plays Time Bureau director Ava Sharpe has closed a deal to return permanently for season five of the WB show according to an exclusive report on Deadline dot com. Jes joined the series as Ava in season 3.

In movie news, Aquaman has passed Guardians of the galaxy on the all time domestic box office list. So far, Aquaman has grossed  333.2 million in the united states passing the first Guardians movie which grossed 333.17 million. Aquaman is one of the best performing DCEU movies and it’s already put a sequel and a spinoff based on The Trench into production.

DC is having a bit of a resurgence with the success of Aquaman and the anticipation over Shazam! The stand alone movie things seems to be doing well for DC movies. Speaking with the LA Times, Warner Bros. Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara spoke about this new strategy

Quote “The upcoming slate, with Shazam, Joker, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds of Prey, feels like we’re on the right track,” said Tsujihara. “We have the right people in the right jobs working on it. The universe isn’t as connected as we thought it was going to be five years ago. You’re seeing much more focus on individual experiences around individual characters. That’s not to say we won’t at some point come back to that notion of a more connected universe. But it feels like that’s the right strategy for us right now.” Sounds a lot like their going more for the Marvel version of universe building. Sounds like a good idea.

The streaming service DC Universe’s Doom Patrol series has revealed that Aquaman exists in their universe after Robotman referenced the King of the seas. Robotman teased Cyborg as Cyborg looked for his keys saying quote “I bet Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys.”. Of course Aquaman doesn’t lose his keys, they’re on a little seahorse keychain.

Shazam!s running time has been revealed and you’ll want to block two hours and twelve minutes. That puts it’s run time between Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad in length and a few minutes longer than Captain Marvel.

Swamp Thing is currently under production and director les wiseman showed off a video on his Instagram showing off the creepy set. In the video Len is shown wading in the swamp, feeling around for something in the water. We don’t know what he was searching for, but one thing has been found. Adrienne Barbeau, who starred in the swamp thing movie back in 1982 will be in the new series. What role she will play has not been revealed.

Geek News

We begin Geek News with an old man complaining. Steven Spielberg thinks that movies made for Netflix should be ineligible for the Academy Awards and is proposing a rule change to accomplish this. All this because Roma, which was produced by Netflix and ran in a theater for a short time in order to be eligible for the Oscars nearly won Best Picture. It did however walk away with three awards, Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography. A spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said quote “Steven feels strongly about the difference between the streaming and theatrical situation,” a spokesperson for Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment said. “He’ll be happy if the others will join [his campaign] when that comes up [at the Academy Board of Governors meeting]. He will see what happens.” Now it’s not that Steven is alone in this battle, there are other reports that say that some Academy members think Netflix spent too much too market the film to Academy members and that you shouldn’t be able to just put a release in a couple of theaters for less than a week to qualify for the awards.  If any change is made by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. We’ll let you know.

Speaking of films, we have some possible casting news on the new Ghostbusters movie from Sony. According to Variety, Carrie Coon and Finn Wolfhard are in talks to play a mother and her son. Apparently these characters will be the center of plot. Not much is known about the film,which is being helmed by Jason Reitman, son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. The film should be filmed this summer and be released in July next year.

Now I know what you’re thinking, We don’t need another Ghostbusters movie and you may or may not be right. However do you think we need a sequel to the Tom Cruise movie of many titles, Edge of Tomorrow aka Live, Die, Repeat? Well get ready for one. Warner Bros is moving ahead with the movie with Invention of Lying scribe Matthew Robinson writing the script. The original from 2014 based on the Japanese novel, All you need is Kill did make 370 plus million worldwide. Tom Cruise , whose 56 by the way, has not signed on for the sequel but it’s expected that they will.

As you know, I love the Orville. It’s my favorite series right now. Well now we get an expansion this summer with a new comic book mini – series from Dark Horse Comics. The four issue series will be written by  The Orville executive producer and writer David A Goodman with art by David Cabeza and color from Michael Atiyeh and will take place between seasons one and two and be split into two storylines. Story one is called New Beginnings and sees Ed and Gordon on a journey to a fleet conference when they find a distress call from a Union ship that’s older than a century. The second storyline follows The Orville as the ship discovers a Union ship headed toward Krill space, but could it be something more complicated and deadly? The Orville miniseries comes out on July 17th.

Seth Rogen is entering the Twilight Zone. Seth will star in an upcoming episode of the classic series revival on CBS All Access. The series, which premieres on April first with new weekly episodes starting on April 11th. No word on what role Seth will be playing or in what episode. He joins other famous names like Greg Kinnear, John Cho, Adam Scott and Kumail Nanjiani who will star in upcoming episodes.

Taika Waititi has been tapped to co-write and direct the pilot for a Time Bandits tv series according to Deadline. The series will adapt the 1981 adventure comedy from Terry Gilliam, that saw a group of time jumping dwarves on the run from God after taking a map to all the time holes in the universe.  Waititi will executive produce alongside Terry Gilliam and Dan Halsted.

The world was shocked this past week by the announcement from Jeopardy! host Alex trebek that he has Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  Alex decided to get ahead of tabloid journalism and make the announcement himself. He said that he plans on beating this and even joked that he has too because he still has three years left on his contract. We send our best well wishes to Mr. trebek.

We close tonight with a couple of remembrances. First off, we say goodbye to Katherine Helmond, the actress probably most well known for her roles on Who’s the Boss and Soap died at the age of 89 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Her career goes back more than fifty years Her first television role was on Car 54 Where are you in 1962. Her first big tv role was in 1977 as Kathrine Tate on the tv comedy Soap, which won her a Golden Globe in 1980. In 1981, she had a memorable role as Mrs. Ogre in the Terry Gilliam movie Time Bandits. In 1984, she got another big role as Mona Robinson in the Tony Danza show Who’s the Boss, for which she won another Golden Globe award.  She has also had role in the Cars movie franchise as Lizzie. Katherine Helmond is survived by her husband David Christian.

The saddest news of this past week was the sudden death of actor Luke Perry. Luke Perry was 52 years old. He moved to LA after high school to pursue acting. He started in soap operas like Loving and Another world, before getting his big break as Dylan McKay in 1990 on Beverly Hills 90210. He’s had plenty of geeky roles over the years with roles in the movie Buffy the Vampire Slayer and  The Fifth Element. He was also appeared on The Simpsons, Biker Mice From mars , Mortal Kombat: Defenders of the realm, The Incredible Hulk , Family Guy and Community. His last big role was as Archie Andrews father, Fred on Riverdale. His last role will be as Wayne Maunder in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood which will be out this year. Luke Perry passed away from a stroke He is survived by his two children Jack and Sophie and his finance Wendy Bauer.

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Episode Twenty – Spider-Ham Eats World

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Title: Spider-Ham Eats World

Tonight! McFarlane Toys makes DC Toys, what is Spider-Ham eating and award season finishes with the good and the bad on on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!
  
Welcome to the show! I’m your host Thomas Townley! One month away from Planet Comicon and I’m getting all set, got my press pass, hotel room, I’ve got a brand new phone ordered and a list of people I want to interview. I also look to do some team up with the folks over at SciFi4Me.

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DC recently teased a series for Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen  by writer Matt Fraction and artist Steve Lieber also coming is a series for Lois Lane from writer Greg Rucka and art form Mke Perkins. These come on the heels of the announcement of DCeased. The latest event series to hit the DC Universe. From writer Tom Taylor with art by Trevor Hairsine, James Harren and Stefano Gaudiano. Here’s the official synopsis: quote  “A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction. The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends? Unquote Soooo. Zombies. No word on if this takes place in the main DC Universe or an alternate one.The first issue is set to be released on May 1st.

Aquaman has now knocked off Transformers Dark of the Moon to become the 20th highest grossing movie of all time. The movie has ascended to 1.13 billion dollars in worldwide box office. Aquaman is already the highest grossing DC Comics movie of all time having taken the prize from The Dark Knight Rises. A sequel is already in development With James Wan rumored to return,

You gotta love cookies. A girl scout has made Top Cookie CEO for her impressive cookie sales, how did she do it? She rebranded Samoas into Mamoas, after Jason Mamoa, she even redid the boxes with Jason Mamoa photo from Aquaman. Apparently they they were a hit with both boys and girls because according to charlotte quote “Girls will want to buy some because he’s on the front and boys will want to because he’s their favorite character,”. Unquote Now it wasn’t just charlotte’s idea as her mother is a marketing professional. Still, it’s very cool.

Well it’s official Ben Affleck has given up the cape and cowl and retired as Batman. Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote his new Netflix movie Triple Frontier, Affleck spoke about his decision to leave the Dark Knight behind as director Matt Reeves puts together The Batman. Quote “Yeah, I am. I have decided — I tried to direct a version of it, worked with a really good screenwriter, but couldn’t come up with a version,” Affleck told Kimmel. “Couldn’t crack it. So I thought it was time to let someone else take a shot at it, and they got some really good people.” Kimmel than hung Afflecks cape and cowl from the rafters.

So, who will next dawn the cape and cowl? No one knows yet, but Armie Hammer’s name has been bandied about, he denies it. Robert Pattinson has also been brought up as a possible contender, he wouldn’t be my choice, I don’t know that he has the chops to play the Dark Knight Detective. But I could be wrong.

Mattel’s loss is Todd McFarlane’s gain, Todd’s company, McFarlane Toys is taking over the DC Comics toy license. Todd has announced that the line will include interpretations of characters from movies, tv, video games and comics. Todd said in an interview quote “Let’s look at some of the categories we’re going to do,” McFarlane said. “We’re going to do movies. We’re going to do TV. We’re gonna do comic book versions. We’re gonna do animated versions. We’ll do the core toy line and then maybe even some video game stuff. So that gives us a wide range so that in any character you can think of, whether it’s Flash, I can do a version of each one of those. I can do TV, I can do movie, I can do comic book, I can do regular toy line Flash, animated Flash, video game Flash, so if you like Flash we’ll be able to do a big wide range of it.” unquote and it also looks like the figures will be super poseable with anywhere between quote 18 and 24 moving parts” Unquote  Mr. McFarlane hopes to launch the new line in January of 2020.

And on the subject of toys, Walmart stores have been trying to build up their collectibles aisle as of late and it has been announced that DC Collectibles will be bringing it’s Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4 inch mini figures. These figures will be shrunk down versions of the 9 inch figures and feature designs from artists like Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner and many more.  These figures will be presented in the “blind bag” packaging next to DC Comic Giants and will have new figures every few months in waves of six. Wave one comes out this month and has all Batman figures from artists Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke, Jason Fabok, Patrick Gleason, Frank Quitely and Dick Sprang. The next release after that will be in April. They will retail for five dollars each and will be available in over 3,000 Walmart locations.

The upcoming Birds of Prey movie has gotten a new cast member, Charlene Amoia. Amoia, who was Wendy on  How I met Your Mother will play the role of Helena Bertinelli’s mother Maria Bertinelli Helena aka The Huntress is being played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) comes out February 7th 2020.

And in other DC casting news, Batwoman has found her father, actor Dougray Scott has been cast as Colonel Jacob Kane, the father of Kate Kane aka Batwoman. Dad is a retired colonel with a grudge against Batman. He now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows and has made it his mission to prove that Gotham doesn’t need a Batman. Hmmm. think he’ll be happy if he finds out that his daughter is a vigilante herself? The comic origins of the character are quite a bit different, as he is seen as an ally of Batwoman and has served as her Oracle type character.  Dougray is best known for his work in Mission Impossible II, Fear the Walking Dead and My Week with Marilyn. However he was almost Wolverine in X-Men, however he had to pass it up because the schedule conflicted with Mission Impossible II. Batwoman has yet to receive a pickup, but CW president Mark Pedowitz has expressed confidence that it will ultimately get picked up.

Marvel

Well, we knew it was only a matter of time. Netflix has announced that Jessica Jones and The Punisher have been canceled. The third season of Jessica Jones has yet to air. Netflix issued a statement saying quote “We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.” However there may be life after netflix, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb in a letter to Marvel fans said quote “Our Network partner may have decided they no longer want to continue telling the tales of these great characters… but you know Marvel better than that,” Loeb wrote, throwing some shade at Netflix for its decisions. “As Matthew Murdock’s Dad once said, ‘The measure of a man is not how he gets knocked to the mat, it’s how he gets back up.’

“To be continued…!”

So perhaps one day these characters will see the screen again.

And on the subject of exits, Gwyneth Paltrow has officially exited the MCU. The actress who has portrayed Pepper Potts since the birth of the MCU told Variety in an interview quote  “I mean, I’m a bit old to be in a suit and all that at this point,” “I feel very lucky that I did it, because I actually got talked into it. I was friend with [‘Iron Man’ director] Jon Favreau. It was such a wonderful experience making the first ‘Iron Man’ and then to watch how important it has become to fans.” Although she might come back for an occasional cameo if needed. Well now she has more time to spend promoting crackpot health theories.

Captain Marvel is on the horizon and a look at the new book Captain Marvel StarForce Mission Log has a character we haven’t seen since the first Guardians of the Galaxy film, Rohmann Dey. The Nova Corps member who was portrayed by John C Reilly. Does this mean we might see the character in the movie? We can only wait and see.

So, after watching Spider-man INto the Spider-verse have you asked yourself what hot dogs are made of in Spider-Ham’s universe? Wonder no more as producer Chris Miller answered the question on twitter quote In Spider-Ham’s universe, hot dogs are made of human meat. Feel better? Unquote

Hopefully from free range humans.

Star Wars

We start Star Wars news with news with a rumor about a possible new Star Wars series for Disney Plus. Star Wars News Net has heard from a little Porg that the studio is developing an Obi-Wan series. No if you’ll remember that an Obi-Wan movie was on the docket before Solo: A Star Wars story nixed those plans. So, I’m gonna guess that if The Mandalorian does well, this very well could happen.

HN Entertainment claims to have obtained a list of possible series that cold be put into production for Disney Plus. These include a Princess Leia prequel, Captain Phasma, The Knights of ren, Rose Tico and Darth Bane. Now keep in mind this is just a list of possible subjects ,nothing is in any stage of production. If any of these come anywhere near production, we will let you know.

So moving on from what might be to what will be, the trailer for the still subtitle less episode nine is on the horizon, and word is that it will be released in April as well as before Avengers Endgame. This report come from Star Wars News Net which says it has a very credible source. The debut could possibly be at Star Wars Celebration Chicago, which happens mid April.

Porgs, they aren’t just for dinner anymore. Syfy.com reports that ILMxLab has created a virtual reality experience called Star Wars: Project Porg, this mixed reality experience let’s the user take care of a virtual porg kinda like the old Tamagotchi (kid’s ask your parents what those are) The porgs can be played with fed and even mated with other porgs to make a new one. You can even take them on the road by taking your headset and controls with you. ILMxLab has released a video showcasing the game. It’s actually quite cute. We’ll have a link to it in the show notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=197&v=cZNYwEyC-Gc

Grab your lightsaber and put it in your carry on bag, Time to got to france. The Associated Press reports that France has made Lightsaber dueling an official recognized competitive sport.  The sabers certified for this use LED rings to light up and are made of a touch polycarbonate plastic. Some of the higher quality sabers will even rumble when turned on and are made to be aerodynamic as possible. According to reports, lightsaber dueling was approved because of its intense physicality. The French Fencing Federation is equipping fencing clubs all over the country with sabers and instructors who are one with the Force and they are hoping that this will make fencing hip and will help attract people of all ages and help combat sedentary habits.

So if you’re asking yourself, what are the rules for the duel, here you go. The duel begins with both contestants entering a marked circle and saluting. A strike to the head or body accrues 5 points while limbs are worth 3 and hands 1. The first combatant to 15 points wins or to the person who has the most points after three minutes. Should both fighters reach 10 points before time runs out, the duel enters a ‘sudden death’ mode where the first person to strike their opponent’s head or body wins. Strikes only count if the saber’s point is pointed behind them before landing, making swings more theatrical and wide like actual lightsaber duels. So, if the step-and-launch method of fencing never fancied you, then this new combat system might do the trick. So…anyone want to duel?

Star Trek News

We start Star Trek news with the fifty thousand credit question. Now that Patrick Stewart is reprising the role of Jean Luc Picard, would Shatner consider returning to the role of Jame T Kirk? Speaking with comic book dot com before a show at the Grand Ole Opry. They asked him. His response? Quote “That word, ‘resurrect.’ That’s a keyword,” Shatner says. “Resurrect. You’d have to resurrect me, Shatner, in order to do the daily [laughes] I don’t what Patrick is doing doing that. Doing a series is debilitating for a young guy, for a 25-year-old, which I was doing when I was 25 years old. It’s a physical wrecker, it’s a mental wrecker, and it’s a homewrecker ‘cause you’re working 14, 18 hours a day. And in the last series I did, Boston Legal, I had, in rush hour, a two-hour commute. So add that.” Unquote In order words, no. Besides he probably makes more selling autographs for 80 bucks a piece at cons, please he doesn’t have to get off his seat. Trust me, I have a picture with him, he doesn’t get off his seat.

However, if you want someone who would return to Star Trek and has an EGOT (That’s an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and a Tony award. Whoopi Goldberg is ready to answer the call. On David Tennant’s podcast, Tennant brought up the notion of returning for the Picard series, and although she hasn’t been asked, but she would be open to it. So….balls in your court Sir Patrick, former cast members are standing by.

In a fourth quarter earnings call to investors, CBS interim CEO Joe Iannello revealed that CBS All Access roughly 4 million subscribers , they had originally hoped to reach that goal by 2020. CBS has now set a new target of 25 million subscribers for it’s All Access and Showtime subscription services by 2022. He did note the contribution of Discovery and the anticipation for the Picard series.   However I would like to note that no talk of the still possible merger between CBS and Viacom was discussed. So don’t expect anything on that front in the near future. However if we hear something, we will let you know.

Variety reports that CBS and Nickelodeon are in negotiations for a new Star Trek animated series for kids. The show would be from the writers of Hotel Transylvania and Ninjago:Masters of Spinjitzu, Kevin and Dan Hageman. If it comes to be, it would be the first Trek show to air outside of CBS All Access. This show is seperate from Star trek Lower Decks which is the adult oriented animated series that was previously announced.

Levar Burton is set to be honored by the city of Sacramento California. According to The Sacramento Bee, the city’s parks commission has recommended that Richfield Park in Meadowview be renamed Levar Burton Park. Sacramento was Levar’s childhood home after his family moved there when he was three years old. Brianna Moland, assistant planner for the city said quote “He’s always been proud of his Sacramento roots and he continues to use his career and his influence to be a strong advocate for literacy for children,” Levar tweeted in response to the news quote “Wow, is all I can say as well!”

The Tabletop RPG Star Trek Adventures is continuing to expand with The Sciences Division supplement, The Alpha Quadrant sourcebook and the new missions book Strange New World.

The Sciences Division supplement offers players details on the sciences division, including the science and medical departments, Starfleet Exploratory Division, Starfleet Science, and Starfleet Medical. The book also includes information and advice on including the nigh-omnipotent Q in Star Trek Adventures campaigns. The book also offers new options for science-based characters, science and medical equipment not previously covered by the game, and new rules for Game Masters for creating truly alien beings made of energy or different elements, as well as rules for diseases. The book also has non-player character statistics for significant scientist characters from Star Trek Lore, including Carol Marcus, Noonian Soong, and Zefram Cochrane. The supplement retails for 34.99 and is out now.

The alpha quadrant sourcebook is the follow up to the beta quadrant sourcebook and focuses on DS9, the Cardassians, Ferengi and the Maquis. The book will be released in July.

And the Strange New Worlds compendium will contain 10 original missions ready to play, the book will feature new material from Christopher L. Bennett and Jason Bulmahn and will be out in August.

So let’s talk merchandise at Toy Fair this month new products were announced. First off is a new licensee is Factory Entertainment. They showed off Original Series stylized vinyl figures called Revos. Collectible mental prop miniatures called Kuzos and Original Series and next gen plush toys called Pawzplay. Factory also announced they will be producing Star Trek themed desktop environments, bottle openers and a wine stopper. These products are set to start hitting shelves in the summer.

MEGO returned in 2018 and this year they showcased some new 12 inch Star Trek figures including Kirk, Spock, a gorn and a security guard. No specifics on then these will be out.

Quantum Mechanix showcased new badges from Star Trek Discovery, this time representing the badges from the Enterprise. They come in a full sized version and a mini lapel pin and will be priced at 19.95 for the set and will be out this spring. They also have three new Discovery Mirror Universe pins as seen on the show with magnetic backers and will be priced at 14.95

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Geek News

By the way, have you been watching The Orville? These last three episodes of the season are game changers. Wow. Anyway You can now play with The Orville as Wizkids announced that it has gotten the license to produce HeroClix figures. The first set which will be released this fall is a Jumbo Starter set featuring the main crew from the show. This is only the second tv license to join the Heroclix line, Star Trek being the first. I so want these.

The classic nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark? Is set to be revived as a miniseries alongside a new film adaptation. The miniseries will feature new members of the Midnight Society gathering around the campfire to tell scary stories, Nickelodeon has not announced when the show would debut but it’ll probably be around the same time as the movie which is set for release in October of this year.

And while we’re on the subject of revivals, Neil Gaiman has teamed up with The Jim Henson Company and Fremantle Media for a new version of The Storyteller. The series from 1987 showcased retelling of legends and myths and featured John Hurt and later Michael Gambon as the Storyteller. Speaking to Deadline, Mr. Gaiman said quote “Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know,”  “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story.” Neil is no slouch when it comes to folklore and fairy tales having written about folklore in mythology in The Sandman and American Gods and having released Norse Mythology, a book retelling several classic Norse myths in 2017. No distribution or release date has been announced.

The Lost Boys series on the CW will have some fairly major differences from its source material, that’s to be expected. The latest one is very interesting. If you’ll remember the movie, The Frog Brothers, played in the movie by Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander were the keepers of lore about vampires and the possibility of their existence in Santa Clara, California. Now word has come down by the Witching Hour podcast that The Frog Brothers have been gender swapped into the Frog Sisters The duo will be named Cassie and Liza, but no other word on any other changes to the characters has come forth. Here are the concrete facts we do know, The Lost Boys reboot will be led by Grey’s Anatomy writer Heather Mitchell. Here’s the synopsis quote “Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat… and a secret underworld of vampires,” “After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead.” unquote

No word on if the show will get to go to the production stage yet.

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While we are on the subject of the dead. We are sad by the report from The Hollywood Reporter that the George R.R. Martin inspired series Nightflyers will not be getting a renewal by Syfy The series based on Martin’s novella quote “followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small tight-knit crew and a reclusive captain — in hopes of making contact with alien life. But when terrifying and violent events begin to take place, they start to question each other, and surviving the journey proves harder than anyone thought.” unquote. I’m sure Mr. Martin is crying into the large pile of money he already has and my sympathies to the crew and fans.

We also have word from the Hollywood reporter that Amazon will end the Man in the High Castle with Season 4. Production will wrap up next month and the final season will premiere in the fall.

An exclusive to Variety has reveled that  a Gremlins aminated sereis is in development for Warner Media’s upcoming streaming service. The potential series is said to be a period piece that would follow Mr. Wing, the Chinese grandfather played in the films by Keye Luke, as a young man as he goes on adventures with the friendly Mogwai Gizmo. The series will be produced by Warner Bros. Television and Amblin Television. Both Warner Bros. and Amblin produced the films on which the show will be based. Tzw Chun has been attached to write and executive produce it, his credits include the tv shows Gotham and Once Upon A Time and he is the co founder of comic book publisher TKO Studios.

We also have some news about the The Wheel of Time adaptation that Amazon Studios is producing. According to Deadline, Uta Briesewitz, who has worked on The Defenders, Jessica Jones and the third season of Stranger Things, will direct the first two episodes of the show about an grand struggle between good and evil. Rafe Judkins will serve as showrunner and executive producer. No launch date has been revealed yet.

We talked a couple of episodes about the award season. The grand finale is here. The razzies and the Oscars.

First off the 39th annual Golden raspberry awards were held this past saturday, these are awards showcasing the worst of hollywood this past year as voted on by the Golden Raspberry Foundation and the winners are: Worst Picture: Holmes and Watson, Worst Director Etan Cohen for Holmes and Watson, Donald Trump won worst actor for Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9, Melissa McCarthy won worst actress for The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party. Worst Screenplay Fifty Shades Freed There were a few other awards, but I’ll just link to those in the show notes.

And finally the big one The 91st Academy Awards were held on Sunday and Black Panther did pretty well. Picking up Oscars for Production Design and Costume Design and Original Score and the oscar for best animated picture went to Spiderman Into the Spider-verse.  Plus Stan Lee was honored in the In Memoriam tribute.

Mario and Zelda will have new games coming out this year as Nintendo has announced a new game for each. First up is Super Mario Maker 2, which will allow you to make your own Mario levels including new objects from Super Mario 3D World.  Zelda will get an old favorite remade as the Gameboy classic The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is being brought to the switch. I loved this game when it first came out and the animation for the update looks good.

Tonight we say goodbye to Morgan Woodward, who passed away on February 23rd at the age of 93. Primarily known for his work in the Western Genre including Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and The Life and Legend of Wyatt earp. He also appeared in such shows as Bonanza, The Waltons, Dallas and Hill Street Blues. So why am I talking about him today? Star Trek. Among Morgan’s many credits are two guest appearances in the original Star Trek. In the first season, he played Dr. Simon Van Gelder in Dagger of the Mind and became the first recipient of the Vulcan Mind Meld. He returned in the second season episode the Omega Glory as the crazed Starfleet Captain Ron Tracey. He also appeared in episodes of Logan’s Run, The Dukes of Hazzard, The A-Team and The X-Files.

Morgan Woodward passed away at the age of 93 in Paso Robles, California.

We also received word yesterday of the passing of tv’s original Marilyn Munster, Beverley Owen, Beverley originated the character in the first thirteen episodes. Beverley left the role in 1964 to marry writer and producer Jon Stone. She was replaced by Pat Priest for the remainder of the shows two season run. She passed away from ovarian cancer. She was 81 years old.


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