In the Comic Book Edition,Miles Morales turns ten, Batman Goes World Wide, and remembering artist Pat McGreal and actor Samuel E Wright and much more!
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Tonight! Happy Birthday, Miles Morales, Batman goes WorldWide and we remember Pat McGreal and Samuel E Wright. All that and more on the comic book edition of Multiverse Tonight!
Welcome to the comic edition of Multiverse Tonight! I’m your host Thomas Townley………..
Miles Morales is turning 10 years old this year. The character first debuted in the pages of Ultimate Fallout number four in 2011, before moving on to have his story told in Ultimate Comics Spiderman. For the character’s anniversary, Marvel will be releasing his origin story in a special collection titled Miles Morales: Marvel Tales #1, The issue collects Ultimate Fallout number four and Ultimate Comics Spiderman numbers one to five with a cover by Joshua Sway Swaby. Miles Morales Marvel Tales will be out in stores on August fourth for 7.99.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek is betting on Black, Black Widow on theater screens, AND Disney Plus. During the latest investor conference, he explained why the mixed strategy with Disney movie releases this year. Disney Plus is getting Pixar’s Luca exclusively, Black Widow is getting a same-day split release with both Disney Plus and theaters getting the picture on the same day, and Shang Chi and the long-delayed Free Guy getting a short run in theaters before going to Disney Plus and Hulu respectively. Chapek explained quote “As we have seen with the domestic box office, and to some extent the international box office, we are seeing some hesitancy to return that wouldn’t look anything like normal in 2019,” We didn’t want to delay Black Widow again but we couldn’t put all our eggs in the theatrical distribution basket,” unquote He said that the company quote needed to prime the pump unquote by helping out theaters by giving them blockbuster films, even if they were also getting a streaming release at the same time. So why the different release strategies for Shang Chi and Free Guy? Chapek explained that quote “That is later in the summer when we hope — we hope, we’re not sure — that the theatrical marketplace will recover more fully, and that type of distribution makes sense,” Chapek said. “At some point, you have to step off the dock and onto the boat … we’ll see how it goes.” unquote In other words, it’s a test. I remember when you wouldn’t see a film in a home release until a year or so later. Could one of these strategies prove effective, we can be guaranteed that that will be the strategy going forward.
Aaron taylor-Johnson has Kraven the Hunter for a Kraven solo film. The movie is set to be directed by J.C. Chandor and will hit theaters on January thirteenth, 2023. Aaron Taylor Johnson isn’t new to the Marvel movies, having played Pietro Maximoff in Avengers Age of Ultron.
Black Panther’s Danai Gurira has been tapped to be in the Disney Plus spinoff series Black Panther Kingdom of Wakanda. Marvel Studios hasn’t officially confirmed it, but the Holywood Reporter has found that her lawyer has negotiated a deal for her return as Ikoye in both Black Panther Wakanda Forever and the series. The script for the sequel to Black Panther has been described as very good by star Martin Freeman.
Loki head writer Michael Waldron hints that the series might have long-lasting effects on the MCU franchise. IN an interview with Total Film, Waldron on a question about if the series will affect Doctor Strange 2, he said quote "That would just be crazy conjecture," Waldron said with a laugh. "All of these stories, in their own way, are interconnected and have ramifications. I think that certainly, our aim with the Loki series was for it to have wide-reaching ramifications across the MCU moving forward. So, you know, was I having to clean up some of the messes that I made [with Loki]? Maybe so."
Disneyland’s Avengers Campus wants your money. The attraction at Disneyland’s California Adventure has a life-size Iron Man Statue that costs $7950. That’s right you can walk away with Iron Man. If you buy it there are no exchanges or returns but they will ship it to you for a nominal fee, excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and internationally. Might be tough to get Tony in the overhead bins.
Stargirl will be getting a new monthly series. A new Stargirl special hit comic book stands and the end teased that Courtney's story would continue on in Stargirl number one. The Star Girl Spring Break Special Number One sees Oliver Queen/Green Arrow re-teams with the Golden Age heroes the Seven Soldiers of Victory to take on the Clock King. Along with Oliver is Emiko Queen/Red Arrow. Pat Dugan and Courtney Whitmore also join in the team-up, but with Stargirl and Red Arrow directly teaming up when the battle with Clock King takes a surprising turn. The aftermath of that battle leaves a lingering mystery that sets up for the Stargirl series.
Jeremy Irvine has been cast as Alan Scott in HBO Max’s Green lantern series. The actor who has been in War Horse and Mama Mia! Here We Go Again posted on Instagram a picture of himself next to a picture of Alan Scott from the comics with the caption. Quote Very excited to be joining the DC Universe!! Can’t wait to get started #GreenLantern followed by the Green Lantern’s oath. Unquote The series will depict multiple green lanterns including old favorites like Guy Gardner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz and some new ones as well.
Speaking of the series, The show's first two episodes will be directed by Superman & Lois’ Lee Toland Krieger. It is being written by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Seth Grahame-Smith. There is no premiere date or expected window for Green Lantern's debut on HBO Max just yet.
DC comics is putting out a new hardcover anthology for Batman featuring Batman stories from creators around the world. The graphic novel, called Batman: The World will feature Batman stories by top creators with the stories taking place in their home countries. The anthology will feature stories from, and be localized in, the following territories — North America, France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Poland, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, China, Korea, and Japan.These voices include Mathieu Gabella (writer) and Thierry Martin (artist) for France, Paco Roca (writer/artist) for Spain, Alessandro Bilotta (writer) and Nicola Mari (artist) for Italy, Benjamin von Eckartsberg (writer) and Thomas von Kummant (artist) for Germany, Stepan Kopriva (writer) and Michal Suchánek (artist) for Czech Republic, Tomasz Kolodziejczak (writer), Piotr Kowalski, and Brad Simpson (artists) for Poland, Ertan Ergil (writer) and Ethem Onur Bilgiç (artist) for Turkey, Alberto Chimal (writer) and Rulo Valdés (artist) for Mexico, Carlos Estefan (writer) and Pedro Mauro (Artist) for Brazil, Inpyo Jeon (writer), Jae-kwang Park, and Kim Jung Gi (artists) for Korea, Xu Xiaodong, Lu Xiaotong (writers), Qiu Kun, and Yi Nan (artists) for China, Kirill Kutuzov, Egor Prutov (writers), and Natalia Zaidova (artist) for Russia, and Okadaya Yuichi (writer/artist) for Japan. Each international version will feature its own unique art by a local creative team. It hits shelves on September fourteenth.
Alfred Pennyworth will be getting his own comic book series. The comic ties into the Pennyworth tv series from Gotham producers Danny Cannon and Bruno Heller. Here’s the blurb: Spanning the years between the hit TV show and today, Pennyworth tells the continuing adventures of Alfred Pennyworth as an MI6 counterintelligence agent - this time in Cold War-era Soviet Russia. When Alfred and his partner receive intelligence that nuclear weapons are being manufactured near the Arctic Circle, they’re off to infiltrate the remote military base to learn more. But things don’t go exactly as planned, and the ramifications of this mission may be more far-reaching than anyone could have guessed, as our present-day butler gets dragged back into his past…
Pennyworth will run for seven issues, from writer Scott Bryan Wilson (Batman: Gotham Knights) and artist Juan Gedeon (Venom). It hits shelves in August.
Actor Timothee Chalamet has been cast as Willy Wonka in a new origin story from Warner Bros and The Roald Dahl Story Company. The movie called Wonka will focus on a young Willy Wonka and his adventures around the world before opening his chocolate factory. Chalamet will have the opportunity to show off his singing and dancing skills with several musical numbers. The movie will be directed by Paul King.
Well, there’s no point in finishing Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy if you’ve only just started it. As it has been canceled by the streaming service after only one season. Deadline reports that Netflix has passed on season two. Instead, it seems that Netflix will be setting its sights on the villains of the story with a live-action adaptation of Supercrooks. Netflix has an anime version of Supercrooks in the work set for later this year. Supercrooks is described as a return to the world of Jupiter’s Legacy with a ragtag gang of supervillains, con artists, petty thieves, and leg-breakers who band together for the heist of the century and the most outrageous crime story you’ve ever seen in your life. Crime pays, and they’re going to prove it. Some people just want to have the time of their lives and make a little dirty money while they’re doing it. If the superheroes get in the way, they’re going to be spitting teeth.
While Supercrooks does take place in the same universe as Jupiter’s Legacy, there is no word on if some of the characters from Jupiter could migrate to Supercrooks.
Nintendo is opening a museum dedicated to itself. Nintendo plans to renovate its Uji Oguara plant. The plant, built back in 1969 is now empty, previously it was a customer service center for product repairs and a playing card manufacturer. The decision aligns with the City of Uji’s own plans for the area. Nintendo plans to have it transformed into its museum by 2023.
The Boss Baby sequel, The Boss Business Family Business will debut on Peacock as well as theaters on its opening day on July second. The movie sees Tim (James Marsden) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again and inspire a new family business. Tim and his wife, Carol (Eva Longoria), the breadwinner of the family, live in the suburbs with their super-smart seven-year-old daughter Tabitha (Ariana Greenblatt), and adorable new infant Tina (Amy Sedaris). Tabitha is at the top of her class at the prestigious Acorn Center for Advanced Childhood. However, Tina is really a top-secret agent for BabyCorp on a mission to uncover the dark secrets behind Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Erwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum).
The Powerpuff Girls live-action pilot is being sent back for a redo. A new pilot will be shot for the CW later this year and will still star Chloe Bennet, Dove Cameron, and Yana Perrault are expected to return in the roles of Bubbles Utonium, Blossom Utonium, and Buttercup Utonium, and Donald Faison as Professor Drake Utonium. The series will be about the trio of girl superheroes grown up and regretting their lost youth fighting criminals. The cartoon it was based on ran on Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005.
Amazon is buying MGM Studios. In a deal worth 8.45 billion dollars plus debt. This deal is the second biggest for Amazon. If it goes through regulatory approval, it would give Amazon a large catalog of content, including James Bond, Pink Panther, The Addams Family, Rocky, Robocop, and Stargate, and more.
Pat McGreal Eisner Nominated writer for Vertigo and Disney Comics has passed away. McGreal started working for Disney comics writing stories featuring the Little Mermaid in 1991, after that he wrote Disney comic book stories for Egmont Comic Creations a Danish company that produces Disney material throughout the world, many of which were reprinted in the United States by many companies who had the rights to Disney Comics over the years. His wife Carol became his official co-writer on Disney stories in 1997 and they created many new Disney comic book characters, outside his Disney work, Pat write many acclaimed Vertigo series and graphic novels including Chiaroscuro; The Private Lives of Leonardo DaVinci, Veils and I, Paparazzi. He was nominated for an Eisner Award for Chiaroscuro. He also got to work on Simpsons Comics and a few fill-in issues of The Flash. Outside of comic book writing, he was a past president of the Comic Art Professional Society. Patrick Pat McGreal was 68 years old.
Voice Actor Samuel E Wright has passed away. The actor might best be known as the voice of Sebastian the crab in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Samuel was born on November 20, 1946, he started on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar in 1971. He acted in the 1988 movie Bird as Dizzy Gillespie, he also appeared in an episode of The Cosby Show, three episodes of Law and Order. IN 1989, he was cast as Sebastian, a role that he would do again and again on The direct to video sequels The Little Mermaid II and Ariel’s Beginning, The tv version of The Little Mermaid, Marsupilami, Raw Toonage, Disney’s House of Mouse and several Disney Video games. Mr. Wright was married with three children. Samuel died of prostate cancer at his home in Walden, New York on May 24. He was 74 years old.
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