Show Notes Episode 90: Strange New Worlds, Familiar Old Format & Episode 91: FanDome, ThunderDome, DomeDome

On the comic book edition, Spider-Man 3 gets Strange, Someone’s betting against Wonder Woman 84 and Soul skips the theater.  All that and more on this edition of multiverse tonight.https://multiversetonight.wordpress.comhttp://mtpodcast.comSupport the show (https://ko-fi.com/multiverse)
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  4. The Mandalorian Plays Monopoly
  5. Wonder Woman At Christmas Time

Tonight! Ewan McGregor’s costly divorce, Strange New Worlds with an old format and we remember actor Ben Cross. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse tonight!

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Star Wars

Disney’s Rogue One prequel series has a co-star for Diego Luna, Adria Arjona has joined the Disney Plus series. Arjona is known for Netflix’s 6 Underground and will be in Sony’s Morbius movie. The series still has yet to be granted a title.

And while we’re on the subject of Disney Plus Star Wars series, According to making star wars dot com, production sources familiar with the Obi-wan series production have indicated that the series will start filming next month with exterior shots filmed somewhere in Southern California.

Maybe production is being sped up because of Ewan McGregor’s divorce settlement. According to various sources, The actor has agreed to split his royalties from all the movies and tv shows he made before May 2017 with this ex-wife, Eve Mavrakis. He will also be handing her alimony to the tune of 35, 868 a month, and 14, 934 a month in child support. He will also be giving her five of his cars, their LA home, and half a million dollars in cash.  Ouch.

This Christmas, Disney Plus is gifting us with a new Star Wars Holiday Special, this time instead of a goofy live-action one it will be The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special. The forty-five minute show will feature the animated Legos in the spirit of the original 1978 special. According to executive producer Josh Rimes quote “We wanted to give a wink and a nod to the original,” “It’s a celebration of the saga. A lot of characters will be interacting with different characters and perhaps even different versions of themselves at different ages.”  unquote The story will involve Rey and BB-8 heading out on a quest to quote “gain a deeper knowledge of the Force, but their visit to a mysterious Jedi Temple sends them careening through time and space.” unquote The Lego Star Wars Holiday Special will be released on November seventeenth on Disney Plus.

The Clone Wars might be over but there’s still more to be told in audiobook form. The animated cast members are providing their voices to the audiobook edition of Star Wars The Clone Wars Stories of Light and Dark anthology. Returning to reprising their roles are Corey Burton (Cad Bane and Count Dooku), Nika Futterman (Asajj Ventress), Matt Lanter (Anakin Skywalker), Catherine Taber (Padmé Amidala), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), and Sam Witwer (Maul). The book has ten stories retelling episodes from Clone Wars and a new Nightsisters story. The book goes on sale on August twenty-fifth.

Star Trek

If you’re in the mood for more Picard, there are plenty of tie ins to go and things to buy. First off is the Picard season one soundtrack on oldfashioned vinyl.. The limited-edition release is pressed on two 140 gram ‘Transparent Green W/ Splatter’ vinyl platters, and features printed inner sleeves and a gatefold jacket. The vinyl release comes out on October 9th and can be bought for $32.98. There will also be a 2021 calendar so you can mark the time till next season. And the show is coming to Blu-ray, it arrives on October sixth.  In November, we get the book Star Trek The Wisdom of Jean-Luc Picard from Simon & Shusters Adams Press and edited by Chip Carter. The book has 208 pages and will be out on November tenth.

Star Trek Strange New Worlds will be a different format than Picard and Discovery, one that’s more familiar to older Trek fans. Episodic. Alex Kurtzman participating in the Deadline Emmy Contenders panel updated everyone about the new series taking place on Pike’s Enterprise quote I think Strange New Worlds, under the guidance of Henry Myers and Akiva Goldsman, it’s going to be a return in a way to TOS [Star Trek: The Original Series]. We are going to do stand-alone episodes. There will be emotional serialization. There will be two-parters. There will be larger plot arcs. But it really is back to the model of alien-of-the-week, planet-of-the-week, challenge-on-the-ship-of-the-week. With these characters pre-Kirk’s Enterprise. I think what people responded so much to in all three characters is this kind of relentless optimism that they have. And that they are at the young phase of their careers. unquote, He also spoke about Pike keeping his optimism despite having knowledge of his fate learned during his time on Discovery. Quote That Pike, who has experienced this extraordinary trauma, which he is famous for. It is how he knows how he is going to die. The idea is, how does a character who knows how he is going to die live optimistically from that point on and lead a ship? It’s a great question. I have never seen a show where a character knew that already. You have to have an inherent optimism in your world view in order to say, “I am going to get up every morning knowing how it is going to end for me.” And still, lead everybody to be the best versions of themselves. Unquote  

Alex Kurtzman in an interview with Gold Derby noted that writing is ahead of schedule on the Trek Productions at the moment. The Discovery writer’s room has already started on season four of the series and that Strange New Worlds is scheduled to begin production next year. He told them quote “We’ve been running all of our writers’ rooms on Zoom, and the silver lining is that we’ve been actually been able to get quite ahead on the scripts for upcoming seasons of Discovery, and Picard, and Strange New Worlds, which is going to be shooting next year, and Section 31.” unquote He also talked about how the pandemic slowed post-production on Discovery, including having the musicians recording their instruments individually and having Jeff Russo having to mix it all together. Season Three of Discovery starts on October fifteenth.

Next year might see more Trek and a new name for CBS All Access. A new profile on Financial Times about ViacomCBS Chairperson Shari Redstone reports that the media conglomerate has a shortlist for a new super streamer and the leading contender is Paramount Plus. The apparent motivation for rebranding CBS All Access is that management believes that the CBS name skews older and that the Paramount name might have a broader appeal. After all, they did rebrand the SpikeTV channel into the Paramount Network.

David Tennant, during a Reddit AMA session, said that he would like to have a part in the Star Trek Universe. This wouldn’t be too far to go for Tennant after all he’s been Doctor Who, he’s been a part of the Marvel universe on Jessica Jones and a part of the Harry Potter universe as well.  Maybe they can make him a part of Discovery, Picard, Strange New Worlds, or a part of Section 31.   Anywhere they could put him, he’d probably be great.

Nichelle Nichols’s family has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise money to help sue her former caretaker who they allege financially abused her while pretending to protect her interests. All funds raised will pay for the legal fees and has a goal of 100,000 dollars, right now it’s about 64 percent to its goal. For more information about it look up the Shields Up, Nichelle Nichols! GoFundMe campaign or click on the link in the show notes. https://www.gofundme.com/f/shields-up-nichelle-nichols

Well while we’re on legal news, we have a final judgment in the Star Trek Discovery Tardigrade case. If you’ll recall in my past episodes, I talked about how Tardigrade video game Anas Abdin claimed that the Tardigrade story in the first season of Star Trek Discovery was similar to the story in his video game Tardigrades. The US District Court in the Southern District of New York dismissed his claims back in September, it was appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and they have come back affirming that CBS and Netflix did not infringe on the work of Mister Abdin because the works aren’t similar enough and that the use of Tardigrades aren’t enough saying quote “Abdin’s space-traveling tardigrade is an unprotectable idea because it is a generalized expression of a scientific fact—namely, the known ability of a tardigrade to survive in space,” the court said. “By permitting Abdin to exclusively own the idea of a space-traveling tardigrade, this Court would improperly withdraw that idea from the public domain and stifle creativity naturally flowing from the scientific fact that tardigrades can survive the vacuum of space.” The court also found that the elements of the Tardigrade game were uncopyrightable stock themes from scifi and that his human characters weren’t similar enough to the Discovery ones. https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ip-law/cbs-beats-copyright-claims-over-star-trek-discovery

The next Star Trek novel is up for preorder, Greg Cox brings us Star Trek A Contest of Principles, the book sees the crew of the Enterprise split between competing missions. While Captain Kirk is observing elections on a newly democratic planet, while Spock is searching for Doctor McCoy after Bones is kidnapped from a nearby planet and is being forced to study a deadly sickness. Here’s the blurb quote “An epic new Star Trek saga by New York Times bestselling author Greg Cox set during the original five-year mission!

The planet Vok is holding its first free elections after years of oppressive military rule. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise have been dispatched by Starfleet to serve as impartial observers, but remaining neutral proves a challenge, as Kirk confronts a tangled web of scandal, conspiracy, and assassination plots—with the stability of an entire sector at stake.To make matters worse, Dr. Leonard McCoy has vanished while on a mission of mercy to Braco, a nearby planet only a system away. With Kirk unable to abandon his vital mission on Vok to hunt for his friend, it’s up to First Officer Spock and Christine Chapel to lead a team in search of the missing doctor, even if it means risking whatever fate befell McCoy.

Unknown to his friends and crewmates, however, McCoy has been spirited away to another world, Ozalor, where he’s expected to find a cure for a mysterious ailment plaguing a member of the planet’s ruling family. Torn between his Hippocratic oath and his desire to escape, McCoy finds himself at the center of deadly palace intrigues—and a struggle for power that may ultimately consume all three worlds! Greg Cox is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels and short stories. He has also written the official movie novelizations of War for the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, Daredevil, Ghost Rider, and the first three Underworld movies, as well as books and stories based on such popular series as Alias, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, CSI, Farscape, The 4400, Leverage, The Librarians, Roswell, Terminator, Warehouse 13, Xena: Warrior Princess, and Zorro. He has received three Scribe Awards from the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, as well as the Faust Award for Life Achievement.”

Star Trek: A Contest of Principles goes on sale on November 10th.

Geek

Oscar-nominated director Garth Davis will be directing the second sequel to Tron. The movie has been languishing in development hell since 2017 with Jared Leto attached to star. Mr. Leto on Instagram posted quote “I’m struck with such gratitude for the opportunity to bring this movie to life, especially as both the original video game and the film affected me so deeply as a young child,” “The fact that I get to be a part of this new chapter is mind-blowing.” unquote  Tron Legacy made 400 million and enough interest to make a sequel. No expected release date yet.

Netflix has bought a trilogy of Fear Street movies from Disney. The movies are based on the RL Stine teen horror series. The movies are already complete having been produced by Fox and originally intended for release this past June, but they were pulled due to the pandemic. The Fear Street books are based in a fictional Ohio city. No word on when they will be released.

The Nutty Professor is getting a reboot, Project X Entertainment’s James Vanderbilt, William Sherak and Paul Neinstein have landed the rights to it, they previously rebooted the Scream franchise. No studio is attached to it yet.

Hey, there’s actually a box office to report on. Let’s start at number 9. Back to the Future with 140,000. 8 is Jurassic Park with 180,000 7. Peninsula with 210,000. 6. Star Wars Episode V The Empire Strikes Back with 230,000. Number five Cut Throat City 240,000. Number four the Goonies with 260,000. Number 3 Words on Bathroom Walls with 462,000, number two The SpongeBob Movie Sponge On the run with 550,000 and number one with a bullet Unhinged which comes in with four million 60 thousand.

Tonight we remember actor Ben Cross, who passed away after a battle with cancer on August eighteenth from cancer. He will best be known for movies like 1981’s Chariots of Fire, 1995’s First Knight, 2004’s Exorcist The Beginning, and his role as Sarek in 2009’s Star Trek. His television credits include The short-lived remake of Dark Shadows in 1991, appearances on the 80’s Twilight Zone, The Ray Bradbury Theater, Tales from The Crypt, Poltergeist The Legacy and Twelve Monkeys. He is survived by his wife and two children from his first marriage. He was 72.

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Tonight! What came from DC’s first Fandome, Marvel puts Wolverine in three colors and theaters open up, but is it a good idea? All that and more on the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to episode 91 of Multiverse Tonight!

DC

DC Fandome. Here are the highlights. 

The Batman had a trailer and it was revealed that the movie is only 30 percent shot, the film is scheduled for 2021.

A trailer was shown for Wonder Woman 84.

A trailer was shown for Justice League The Snyder Cut and it looked damn good. But be prepared for a long show it will be put up on HBO MAX in four hourlong installments.

The new game Gotham Knights was revealed, it’s a co-op adventure game starring Nightwing, Robin, Batgirl, and Red Hood fighting to protect Gotham City after the apparent death of Batman. They will face the Court of Owls and other members from the Dark Knights’ rogue gallery.

The Flash movie was revealed. With Barry Allen getting a new Batman made costume and confirmation that The Flash will be time traveling in order to change the DC Multiverse. They also hinted at revisiting classic DC Movies with concept art showing the flash teaming up with Michael Keaton’s Batman.

At the Suicide Squad panel, James Gunn revealed every character for the movie Idris Elba plays Bloodsport

Margot Robbie plays Harley Quinn

Viola Davis plays Amanda Waller

Sean Gunn plays Weasel

Pete Davidson plays Blackguard

Daniela Melchior plays Ratcatcher 2

Joel Kinnaman plays Colonel Rick Flag

Nathan Fillion plays TDK

Jai Courtney plays Captain Boomerang

Steve Agee plays the on-set King Shark and John Economos

Mayling Ng plays Mongal

David Dastmalchian plays Polka-Dot Man

Alice Braga plays Sol Soria

John Cena plays Peacemaker

Juan Diego Botto plays Presidente General Silvio Luna

Peter Capaldi plays The Thinker

Michael Rooker plays Savant

Flula Borg plays Javelin

Joaquín Cosío is Mayor General Mateo Suarez

Jennifer Holland plays Emilia Harcourt

Storm Reid plays Tyla

Gunn said that this was quote “by far the most fun I’ve ever had making a movie,” unquote  He also confirmed on twitter quote I can confirm #TheSuicideSquad is 100%, zero interference, no-holds-barred ME, &, again, I can’t wait for you guys to get a glimpse of it at #DCFanDome. (Yes, I’m pimping FanDome a lot, but that’s because I know how exciting it’s going to be – for my film & other stuff too!😬) unquote 

A Suicide Squad game was already reveled from Rocksteady Studios. It’s another co-op game and will be out in 2022 for PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC.

Black Adam was teased with Dwayne Johnson revealing that along with Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher we will see the Justice Society of America, no casting news year but the cast will include Hawkman, Cyclone and Doctor Fate.

Conversely, Shazam 2’s panel revealed that it will be called Shazam Fury of the Gods and will be out in November of 2022.

Aquaman w was teased only with a note from James Wan that it was quote “a little bit more serious, a little bit more relevant to the world that we’re living in today.” unquote 

Sandman on Netflix’s panel had Neil Gaiman saying that the show will be faithful to the books, but slightly looser and that the pandemic has allowed for more work on the scripts.

Titans season three will see Jason Todd becoming the Red Hood and will see Barbara Gordon becoming GCPD commissioner and Dr. Jonathan Crane’s Scarecrow making an appearance on the show. 

The Milestone imprint is making a return 

All isn’t sunshine and lollipops at DC WarnerMedia has laid off dozens from the company including editor-in-chief Bob Harris, senior VP of publishing strategy and support services Hank Kanalz, VP of marketing and creative services Jonah Weiland, VP global publishing initiatives and digital strategy Bobbie Chase, senior story editor Brian Cunningham, and executive editor Mark Doyle, who oversaw the rollout of the Black Label graphic novels. Jim Lee remains the CCO. According to sources about a third of the editors are getting laid off. Insiders have also told the Hollywood reporter that a majority of the staff at DC Universe are gone as well, seeming to indicate that the streaming service might not be long for this world. Also gone is DC Direct, the in house merchandising and collectibles arm, ending its 22-year long history of making green lantern rings and batarangs. 

In the interim DC Comics has named Marie Javins and Michele Wells as Interim Editors in Chief. Javins was in charge of digital strategy at DC and Wells was head of the Young Adult Imprint. In an interview about that change with the Holly wood Reporter, DC Publisher Jim Lee said quote “We thought it would be a great pairing to bring them together to help draft and organize the content we’re doing along these lines,” Lee said. “Across digital, across global, we want to make sure we have diversity and inclusivity and making it in a way that we have authenticity to the storytelling that we’re doing.

“It’s really about consolidating all of our efforts and having every editors involved in all these directives and also organizing, broadly speaking, in content that is for kids 6 to 11 and then 12 to 45,” he continued. “It’s about consolidating format and oversight to a smaller, more concentrated editorial group.”. Unquote He also confirmed that comics at DC aren’t dead and that they are very much in the business of making comics. They will just be making less comics saying quote …we will be reducing the size of the slate. But it’s about looking at everything and looking at the bottom 20 percent, 25 percent of the line that wasn’t breaking even or was losing money. It’s about more punch for the pound, so to speak, and increasing the margins of the books that we are doing. It was about aligning the books to the franchise brand content we’ve developed and making sure that every book we put out, we put out for a reason. unQuote  He also disputed the rumor that DC will be only selling trades and that Marvel will start publishing DC’s comics. 

There’s a lot more of this interview, if you want to read it, I’ll have a link to it in the show notes.  https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/dcs-jim-lee-companys-future-we-are-still-business-publishing-comics-1307413?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

The Joker’s new sidekick Punchline is getting her own origin story one-shot. Punchline number one arrives in November. The issue is written by Batman writer and Punchline co-creator James Tynion IV and Sam Johns and has art from Mirka Andolfo with a cover by Yasmine Putri and a variant cover by Frank Cho. The story follows the consequences of her role in the joker war. Quote Punchline is the story of Alexis Kaye, and how she’ll take Leslie Thompkins, Harper Row, and Cullen Row on a harrowing journey that reveals her radicalization to The Joker’s ideology. Unquote It’ll be out on November tenth.

This  December DC Comics is releasing Through the ’80s The end of eras hardcover and it will include the entire text of Alan Moore’s unproduced Twilight of the Superheroes proposal… Twilight of the Superheroes was something that Moore proposed before he left DC in 87. Twilight would have restored the Multiverse and would have taken place in a future ruled by superhero dynasties and chronicled the final battle between heroes, villains and aliens. The hardcover will also feature issues from various 80’s DC comics as well as essays. It comes out on December fifteenth and costs 49.99.

Swamp Thing will premiere on The CW on October sixth with a 90-minute premiere. It was canceled by DC Universe, but don’t expect it to get a second season on The CW. CW President Mark Pedowitz said in May quote “At the moment, it’s just the one season,” “I do not know if it would come back. Obviously that would be a discussion for Warner Bros. and The CW. But at this time, Swamp Thing is just the episodes we have.” unquote, In other words, big ratings might be enough to get a second season. So if you really want it, show up for it.

Marvel

Marvel Comics is exiting the Age of Khonshu and is welcoming us to Enter The Phoenix. Here’s the official teaser quote “Keep an eye on Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s latest Avengers epic, THE AGE OF KHONSHU for startling revelations about Moon Knight amidst a thunderous clash with a disgruntled god bent on reshaping the world in his image! Then, gear up for the grand return of the cosmic chaos-bringer of life and death in Jason Aaron and Javier Garron’s ENTER THE PHOENIX, on sale in December!”

Marvel Comics is making a new anthology series, Wolverine: Black, White, and Blood. The series will see stores drawn in Black and White with just a splash of Red. Launching in November, each issue has three stories taking place at various points in our heroes life. Episode one will have a story with Gerry Duggan and Adam Kubert taking place at Weapon X, Matthew Rosenberg and Joshua Cassara show Wolverine undercover with Nick Fury and Declan Shalvey gets Logan into a deadly trap. Future issues of Wolverine: Black, White & Blood include stories by Vita Ayala, Chris Claremont, Saladin Ahmed, Donny Cates, Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson, Greg Land, Salvador Larroca, Kev Walker, Chris Bachalo, Leonard Kirk, and others. The series starts this November.

Geek

Theaters are opening back up and it looks like new movies like THe New Mutants and Tenet will finally hit the big screen, but is it such a good idea to go? Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson doesn’t think so. He took to twitter to push for everyone to stay home instead quote “Don’t go see Tenet or any other movie in theater. There, I said it,” unquote. I think he might be right, I frankly won’t be going unless it’s a matinee with very very few people or if we can get this under control with a vaccine.

New York Comicon is …yep…you guessed it going virtual. The online event will take place from October 8th to the 11th via their Youtube channel, the first panels to be announced are Star Trek American Gods and Hulu/FX. Fans will get to interact with the panels via Youtube live chat and ReedPops Discord channel. Reed Pop will also have a virtual marketplace for autographs, videos, and professional workshops.

Brandon Lee’s costume from The Crow has sold at auction for 25,000 according to Kruse GWS Auctions. The distressed black shirt, leather pants, and trench coat were worn in multiple scenes in the 1994 classic. The star died after being accidentally shot during the making of the film. 

Apple and Google have both banned Fortnite from their respective app stores. Publisher Epic Games is now suing both Apple and Google. In a statement to Deadline dot com Apple said quote “Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines,” Apple said in a statement provided to Deadline. “We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.” unquote Apparently this is over Epic allowing people to skip the Apple and Google stores and allow players to pay Epic directly.

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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 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.

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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.

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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 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. 

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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

Shake and Strain

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.

Geek

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. 

Geek

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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Episode 38: Is D23 in The Matrix & Episode 39: Sony and Disney head towards Spider-Divorce

Episode 38

Tonight! CBS and Viacom start setting up house, we have Star Wars news from D23 and Keanu Reeves is a busy busy man. All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the scifi edition of Multiverse Tonight. D23 was held this past weekend and we have quite a few pieces of information on Star Wars in this episode and we will cover the Marvel Universe news in the comic book edition. By the way, on the apple podcasts entertainment news chart , we’ve gone as low as twelth and as high as number 4. Pretty nice. Help me keep it up and share the show with others.

Star Trek
We start Star Trek news this time, much the way we started the last, with the impending merger of CBS and Viacom. The two parties have come to an agreement.The rejoned companies will go by the name ViacomCBS with Bob Bakish as CEO of the combined entity, this will take several months to complete…let me say that again …SEVERAL MONTHS TO COMPLETE. So this won’t be one company until 2020 and only after regulatory approval. So if you read or see any headlines talking about what this means for Star Trek right now. It means nothing. No plans have been proposed. So take everything with a huge grain of salt.

Speaking of the merger, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is one of the top candidates for the Democratic nomination for president has already raised serious concerns over the potential merger of CBS and Viacom. She tweeted quote “First Disney acquired 21st Century Fox.
Now CBS and Viacom are merging.
Consolidation raises serious concerns for consumers, employees, and the entire sector. The Department of Justice should be paying close attention. Unquote. Variety thinks that Warren is afraid of the many mergers in hollywood these days could lead to price hikes, layoffs and possible monopolies. She’s not alone in this as the reaction on Wall Street has been a mixed bag with some raising questions over the new company’s management structure and if it will allow for maximizing its assets. I’ll keep covering this and when the merger is complete, i’ll tell you.

So..on to other Star Trek news. Well little tidbits from Star Trek Las Vegas are still surfacing. Jason Isaacs would love to play the prime universe Captain Lorca. Now, Jason Issacs knew it was a single season gig, but…speaking at a con panel he told the audience quote “I knew going in that I was doing just one season,” “It felt like a great thing to do and I felt fine about it, but as I got close to everyone and close to and understood the significance of Star Trek and the brilliant storytelling and what it means in the world, I felt the loss of that.” “How do you know I am not already? Of course, I would do it. I loved it!” Isaacs teased. He went on to say that he’s even remained in contact about the idea with the show’s producers. “So, I have talked to them plenty. Where and when? Nobody ever dies. There is a Prime Lorca. There are three different shows coming out and multiple seasons, and if I can squeeze back into that eight-year-old’s uniform, would do. Who wouldn’t want to do it again? They are timeless stories.” unquote. Now we should mention here, that he gets to voice Prime Universe Lorca in Star Trek Online. Of course, he could always show up in the Section 31 series…

And for those of you who have not seen Star Trek Discovery season two and don’t want to pay for CBS All Access, you’re just a few months away from the Blu-ray release of the season. The four disc set includes all the episodes plus the Short Treks Runaway and The Brightest Star plus two hours of special features including featurettes, audio commentaries on four episodes, cast interviews, deleted scenes, and a gag reel. The set will be released on November twelfth and can be yours for the price of $44.99.

One of the perennial stories has been Michael Dorn calling for a Star Trek Worf series, much like the falling of the leaves or the annual of the Monarch butterflies to and from Mexico. Michael Dorn will call for a series. Well he thinks now might be a good time, especially with the Star Trek iron hot. Appearing at the Keystone Comic Con in Philadelphia he said that he’s still trying to get a pilot made and believes that it would be perfect for this new era of Star Trek television saying quote “I am trying to get them to do my Worf pilot,” Dorn said . “I wrote it in 2012-13, and it’s been going like this: a lot of interest, no interest, a lot of interest, no interest … A guy who was a producer at this one place that I was pitching it came up to me before the meeting and [said], ‘I gotta tell you, your character meant so much to me’ … It fits so well into this new Star Trek universe. It just fits right in there. We’ll see.” unquote His TNG co star Marina Sirtis who was also there on the panel piped up and added quote “I read [his pilot script] and I called him up and said, ‘How did you do that?. He had all the action stuff minutely detailed… I was very impressed with my best friend.” unquote
Hey CBS, why not do it. Even if it’s just a mini series do it. You won’t be sorry. I think everyone would be happy to see Worf in action at least one more time.

Star Wars
Star Wars news starts off with the new new trilogy. Ya know, the one that follows the current one that has nothing to do with the Skywalker saga. David Benioff and DB Weiss might not write all three films in their new Star Wars trilogy. According to a source that talked to the Hollywood Reporter, they have apparently only committed to writing one of the films instead of writing all three. This news comes after the revelation that the duo have been tapped by Netflix for an exclusive deal to create new content for the streaming service. They still intend to finish everything they’ve been tapped to do including the new trilogy, a Kurt Cobain movie for Universal and an adaptation of Dirty White Boys for Fox.

Lucasfilm creative art manager Phil Szostak has recently begun a thread on twitter where he does some Myth busting of long held myths from the franchise. The first one was quote Darth Vader is from the German (or Dutch) for “Dark Father”

  1. “General Vader/Imperial Commander” appears on an early-1974 list of potential character names by George Lucas
    (screenshots from @jwrinzler’s essential Making of #StarWars book series) unquote

Other myths busted so far have been the design of the AT-aTs, and Slave One, the origins of Chewbacca’s name and the influence of Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art on the original Star Wars. You can follow Phill at @phillszostak on twitter.

Bad new Rebels, Star Wars Resistance is coming to an end with season two. It was confirmed with the release of the season two trailer quote “The story picks up after a harrowing escape from the First Order, as the Colossus and all its residents find themselves lost in space, pursued by Agent Tierny and Commander Pyre. Kaz and team also face a myriad of new dangers along the way including bounty hunters, a suspicious Hutt, General Hux, and Supreme Leader Kylo Ren. Meanwhile, Tam grapples with her future and where her true allegiance lies, with her friends or the First Order. The thrilling final season will showcase how the unlikeliest of heroes can help spark hope across the galaxy.” unquote
The season premiere of Star Wars Resistance on Sunday, October 6th at 10 p.m. ET on the Disney Channel.

So have you been to Galaxy’s Edge? Has anyone been to Galaxy’s Edge? Apparently attendance is not what they’ve been expecting. In a recent earnings call CEO Bob Iger reported that attendance at Disneyland was down. This has had a repercussion of hours being cut for the employees. Fox Business spoke to a who obviously decided to remain anonymous. The anonymous source told the network quote

“Wait times this summer for the new Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run ride were expected to be over 2 hours long all summer, but in reality, the lines have been averaging half that or less,”. “As a result, the company has been forced to cut our hours. The need for us to work simply isn’t there.”

“Our hours have been cut to as low as 30-35 hours some weeks, even though we have both worked for the park for years,” they continued. “It makes life challenging when your paychecks get cut unexpectedly.
“I feel the problem is Star Wars took too long to build so they rushed the opening with only one cool feature. The only other big ride isn’t even scheduled to open until the end of the year,” unquote
A spokesperson for Disney told Fox Business quote “Full-time cast members know that they are regularly scheduled between 30-40 hours per week and that they’re schedules vary depending on a number of factors,”
In other words, now is a perfect time to visit…if you just want to look around, build a droid, shop for souvenirs. If you’re looking for more of the rides to do. You might want to wait until next year.

Star Wars fans can rejoice as The Clone Wars will be revived for Disney Plus, arriving on the service for February 2020. However, there is some sad news as well. This will be The last season for the show. Supervising Director Dave Filoni when asked about it said quote “It will conclude the story that [George Lucas] and I started together. There could be stories after that that take place with a lot of those characters. But especially for me directing Clone Wars, being that hands on, I wrote and directed the final four episodes. It’s the end of something I feel really good about.”

We got some D23 tidbits here. So it’s time for a rapid fire round.
Lucasfilm officially announced an Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney Plus.
Ming-Na Wen has been cast in The Mandalorian.
Jon Favreau says he’s approaching The Mandalorian like he’s making a big screen movie.
The Rogue One Prequel Series will begin filming next year and will reunited Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk, no title has been given yet. Also to be shooting in 2020 will be the Obi Wan series.
Kerri Russels Rise of Skywalker character will be an old friend of Poe Damerons
Carrie Fisher will still a major role in the Rise of Skywalker, Abrams called Fisher’s Leia the heart of the story
The poster for The Rise of Skywalker was released showcasing Rey and Kylo battling underneath the face of The Emperor.
An updated official timeline for the Star Wars tv and movie universe was released and it shows that the Obi-Wan series take place in the same period as Solo

Geek

Plenty of Keanu Reeves related news . First a couple of pieces of some cast news from Bill and ted Face The Music. First off George Carlin’s daughter Kelly will be playing a big role in the movie. Geore played the role of Rufus in the first two bill and ted movies. Ed Solomon bill and Ted Creator and Ed Solomon, the creator and writer of the Bill and Ted movies said about Kelly’s character quote”There’s also a character in the movie named Kelly, which is George’s daughter’s name, who has a very significant role in the journey, so George is a deep, deep part of it.” unquote

Also joining the cast is Holland Taylor, who you might remember her role as the mom on two and a half men. In Face The music she will be playing the Great Leader. They join Brigette Lundy-Paine (Billie Logan), Samara Weaving (Thea Preston), Anthony Carrigan, Kid Cudi, Beck Bennet, and Kristen Schaal in the movie which comes to theaters on August 21, 2020. By the Way, the movie just wrapped a few days ago.

Now it’s been announced that Keanu and Carrie Ann Moss will be in a fourth Matrix movie in an exclusive to variety, Warner Bros chairman Toby Emmerich announced that Moss and reeves will reprise their roles in the sequel penned and directed by Lana Wachowski is one half of the Wachowskis who penned the original trilogy. Roland in the announcement said quote “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.” unquote In addition to Wachowski, the script will be co written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell and produced by Grant Hill and Wachwowski. The film s being aimed to begin production in the first half of 2020. Now when are we gonna get a new Speed movie?

Now for a bit of non Keanu related geek news. Power Rangers star Ludi Lin is currently in talks to play Liu Kang in a new Mortal Kombat movie, if cast he would join Joe Taslim who is set to play SubZero in James Wan produced adaptation. The movie is being directed by Simon McQuoid and written by Greg Russo and is being made to achieve an R rating that will include the fatalities that feature prominently in the games.

Now let’s 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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Episode 39

Tonight! Could Harley Quinn show up in the new Suicide Squad movie?, We have Marvel news from D23 and Apu is here to stay, all that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Welcome to the comics edition of Multiverse Tonight. Are you ready for Disney Plus? Disney sure seems to be busy sweetening the pot.

DC
Joqauin Phoenix speaking with the italian newspaper Il Venerdi talked about how he came up with his Joker’s laugh. Telling them quote “I started [with the laugh],” “I watched videos of people suffering from pathological laughter, a neurological disorder that makes individuals laugh uncontrollably.” unquote

The movie arrives in theaters this October.

Could James Gunn be hinting that Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn will be in his The Suidcide Squad movie? Jame Gunn on Instagram showed off a series of photos. The photos came with the caption quote Many thanks to the lovely folks from @microsoft who set us up with a #KingSharkade for the cast and crew’s downtime during pre-production and production on #TheSuicideSquad. The third picture he put up shows him putting tiles on a large scrabble board. He is putting up tiles to spell King Shark. Which will intersect with tiles that spell Harley. Could he be hinting that both Harley and King Shark will be in the movie? The Suicide Squad is set to be in theaters in August 6th 2021.

Birds of Prey (and the fantabulous emancipation of one harley quinn) will be getting some new action scenes added to it in reshoots. Stuntman and John Wick director Chad Stahelski, according to the Hollywood Reporter, Stahelski will be brought into help design new action scenes and oversee some second unit photography. His stunt firm 87 eleven has been working on the movie since it started production. Birds of Prey hits theaters on February 7th 2020.

Jason Momoa and Ezra Miller reunited outside of the Justice League movie to protest the building of the Thirty Meters Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Momoa posted a picture with Miller in a gallery on Instagram. The protests are over the erection of the telescope on land that the native Hawaiians consider sacred. As a result of Jason Momoa’s participation in the protest, the shooting of Aquaman 2 had to be delayed. The protest has been going on for more than 40 days at the time of the recording of this episode.

This being Batman’s 80th anniversary, Insight Editions has announced Batman:The Definitive History of the Dark Knight in Comics, Film and Beyond as tribute to the hero. The book features a forward by Michael Keaton, and introduction by Kevin Conroy, a preface by Dennis O’neil and is filled with interviews with people who have worked on Batman in the comics, film and television, photos, sketches and a rejected 40 page film treatment submitted to Warner Bros by Bob Kane in 1986 called The return of Batman. The 400 page hardcover is available for preorder right now and is on sale for $67.24 on Amazon and will be released on October 29th.

Batman might be turning 80 this year, but he doesn’t look as good as Julie Newmar who just celebrated her 86th birthday. Julie, who appeared as Catwoman on the 1966 Batman TV show celebrated with a portrait on Instagram. And though her hair might be white now, she still looks good. Happy Birthday Julie.

Well one show that will not be having a happy birthday is Krypton, which will not be getting a third season. The Superman prequel was given it’s walking papers by SyFy. Also not going forward was the planed Lobo spinoff. Krypton centered around Superman’s grandfather Seg-el has a young man trying to save not only Krypton, but his future grandson. The show might be saved as Variety says that quote According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, studio Warner Horizon Television plans to shop the series to other outlets. Unquote

It’s kind of a shame too, according to showrunner Cameron Welsh, Krypton’s third season would have included ramifications of the Rann Thanagar war and would have seen the Omega Men. Shame.

Marvel
All hell has broken loose as negotiations have apparently broken down between Marvel and Sony over future uses and movies with Spider-man in the MCU. Sources that have spoken with comicbook.com have said that negotiations are still ongoing and that one of the sticking points is Kevin Feige’s producer credits on future Spider-Man based properties. According to some reports Disney CEO Bob Iger had been looking for a new deal that would get Disney an even 50 percent split of the revenues also some reports have said that Marvel and Feige want more of a hand in developing the characters related to Spider-Man that Sony has the rights too like Morbius and Venom. The current deal is a 5/95 split with Disney getting five percent and Sony getting the lion’s share, which makes sense since Sony financed the whole productions of the Spider-man films. Hopefully they’ll be able to work this out, especially after the way they ended Far From Home.

Of course, Disney will be just fine financially with or without the wall crawler. Disney is now the only studio to ever have five different movies to cross the one billion dollar mark in a single year. Toy Story 4, The Lion King, Aladdin, Captain Marvel and Avengers Endgame all passed a billion dollars this year. Could they see a sixth? Probable movies in Disney’s upcoming slate are Frozen 2 and Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.

Some Black Panther 2 news to report/ Martin Freeman has confirmed that he will reprise his role of Everett Ross in the sequel. Not much else to report on the movie in fact it’s not expected to appear until Marvel’s Phase 5 slate.

JJ Abrams Spiderman miniseries comes out in a little over a month and Marvel is in promotion mode, releasing a trailer for the comic. The trailer showcases Abrams and sons approach to the material and shows off the art of Sara Pichelli. Also included in the trailer is the first official look at the new villian Cadaverous.

Batman has the batcave, arrow has the arrowcave. Does Captain Marvel need a Marvel cave? Apparently she does. In Captain Marvel number 9, the hero shows off her new base of operations to Jessica Drew. The cave located in Maine includes a jet fighter, Carol’s old costumes and computers. Captain Marvel issue number 9 is available now.

At Disney’s Annual convention D23 Marvel and Disney are celebrating Marvel’s 80th anniversary and they are presenting a panel for Marvel Comics number 1000 with an exclusive cover for the event. The cover features Mickey Mouse handing a birthday cake to Spider-man, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Iron Man and Captain America. Guests of the panel will be given a copy of the variant edition.The book written by Immortal Hulk writer Al Ewing and will feature contributions from Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson, Rob Liefeld, Erik Larsen, George Perez, Peter David, Brad Meltzer, Adam Goldberg, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Neil Gaiman, and many more. The story features “The Eternity Mask an artifact that is passed from character to character across the Marvel Universe.
Disney has announced a Spidey and His Amazing Friends Animated Series not for Disney Plus, but Disney Junior. The series will premiere on the channel in 2021 and will feature Peter Parker, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. The show is of course, aimed at Preschoolers and will feature the Spider friends teaming up with other heroes to defeat playfully evil foes and save the day.

Marvel and Disney also unveiled a Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur cartoon. Laurence Fishburne will serve as executive producer alongside Helen Sugland and Kim Possible producer Steve Loter. the series follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her ten-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger. The series will be on the Disney Channel, no word on the date yet.

Lots to unpack from D23 So let’s do a lightning round.
Disney announced three new series for Disney Plus coming in 2021. Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk. Kevin Fiege also confirmed that Ms. Marvel will appear in the upcoming films.
Wyatt Russell has been cast as US Agent for The falcon and the winter soldier
Emily VanCamp will be returning as Sharon Carter for The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Loki will a six episode six hour series and will be directed by Kate Herron
.WandaVision will be directed by Game of Thrones Helmer Matt Shakman
The Eternals has been confirmed to be the Earliest MCU Movie taking place way before the events of Captain America The First Avenger
Marvel has cast Gemma Chan as Sersi and Barry Keoghan as Druig in The Eternals. They join Kit Harington who will be the Black Knight.
Black Panther 2 will be coming to theaters on May sixth, 2022
Geek
Elvis Presley might be coming to Netflix soon in a new animated adult action comedy called Agent King. The show is being co create and produced by Priscilla Presley, Elivs’ ex wife and features Elvis moonlighting as quote “a covert government agent who fights to keep America safe”while also keeping his cover as the king of rock and roll. Archer Alum Mike Arnold will write and show run the show

Kevin Smith has the power! Kevin Smith broke the news at Power-Con by announcing a new He-Man Series for netflix. The series called Masters of the Universe: Revelation will pick up where the original 80’s series left off. Kevin at the panel said quote “I’m Eternia-ly grateful to Mattel TV and Netflix for entrusting me with not only the secrets of Grayskull, but also their entire Universe,” Smith said. “In ‘Revelation,’ we pick up right where the classic era left off to tell an epic tale of what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor! Brought to life with the most metal character designs Powerhouse Animation can contain in the frame, this is the Masters of the Universe story you always wanted to see as a kid!” unquote Kevin will executive produce and showrun the series. He is joined by executive producer Rob David, the vice president of Mattel Tv and he authored He-Man The Eternity War. Writers on the series include Eric Carrasco, tim Sheridan, Diya Mishra and his Fatman Beyond co-host Marc Bernrdin. Powerhouse Animation will oversee the animation.

Disney Plus has decided not to move forward with the series Book of Enchantment which would have been based on some of Disney’s iconic villains and would have been based on the Villians book series written by Serena Valentino. The series would have told the origin stories of such characters as Ursula, The Beast from Beauty and the beast, Maleficent and the Wicked Queen from Snow White.

The Muppets are coming to Disney Plus. Announced at Disney Plus was Muppets Now, a new short form unscripted series. The series will have guest stars and will be on the service in 2020

There was also a first time at D23, a panel on one of Disney’s newest acquisitions, The Simpsons. Revealed at the panel was that Apu would be staying on the show, despite the controversy raised over the character. Executive Producer Al Jean said that there had been discussions with Disney over doing a sequel to The Simpsons movie or even a spinoff series. EP Matt Selman added quote “I think Disney would be supportive of anything we wanted to do, maybe a crazy limited series with a side character or a movie that we surprised you with, they’ve been really creatively supportive and this is going to afford so many new ways to do the show than just the traditional format,”

Disney released a trailer for the live action Lady and The Tramp movie it won’t be in theaters and instead will be exclusive to the Disney Plus service and will be available when Disney Plus launches on November 12th.

Let’s break Disney Plus down here for a second. At the panel for the service, it was revealed that Disney Plus will have 5000 episodes of content from The Disney Channel library. A new Lizzie McGuire series starring Hillary Duff and a new Phineas and Ferb movie. Pixar will have a couple of new shows as well Forky Asks a Question and Monsters at Work The series follows Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman), an eager and talented mechanic on the Monsters, Inc. Facilities Team who dreams of working on the Laugh Floor alongside Mike (Billy Crystal) and Sulley (John Goodman). Other original voice stars John Ratzenberger, Jennifer Tilly and Bob Peterson are set to return and will be joined by franchise newcomers Ben Feldman (Superstore), Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry), Lucas Neff (Raising Hope), Alanna Ubach (Coco), Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance) and Aisha Tyler (Archer). . and unscripted shows like One Day at Disney and The World According to Jeff Goldblum. The service will cost subscribers 6.99 a month or 69.99 a year and will allow subscribers to use four simultaneous streams and 4k at now extra cost. Guess the balls in Netflix’s court now.

Pixar’s next movie Soul has a cast. Soul imagines that every person on earth comes pre-installed with a soul formed and perfected in a cosmic realm. Jamie Foxx will play a middle-school music teacher on earth who dreams of playing at legendary New York jazz club The Blue Note. After the wrong step into an open sewer grate, Joe ends up out of his body and back into his soul in the other realm — with some existential work to do before he might land his big gig.
“Soul” also stars Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, Questlove, and Phylicia Rashad. Academy Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross of Nine Inch Nails were also revealed to be composing the score at D23. Soul comes out on June 19th 2020.
Finally, the Florida State prison system has banned several comics and graphic novels. Banned titles include Absolute Watchmen, Adventures of Superman, Blade, The Walking Dead and Stan Lee’s how to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. According to information from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, the state claims that the comics are a threat to the safety and security of the prison. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund says that this is a First Amendment issue and that the books pose no threat.
I don’t think they’re right. How dangerous is Stan Lee’s book after all?
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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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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!
  
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An DC Comics

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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