Aug. 29, 2022

The Life of The Death of Superman

The Life of The Death of Superman
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Steve Rogers non-virginity is Feige approved, Superman’s death turns thirty, A novel set between Star Wars Jedi games, Uhura and friends cremains take a ride into space, Space Channel 5: THe movie?, plus an interview with Young Author Shanti Hershenson, All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

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Tonight! Steve Rogers, not virginal, Superman’s death turns thirty, A novel Jedi, Uhura goes to space, Space Channel 5: THe movie, plus an interview with Young Author Shanti Hershenson, All that and more on this edition of Multiverse Tonight!

Episode 171

One of the biggest moments of the She Hulk premiere was Jennifer Walters' obsession on if Captain America was a virgin or not. IN the end her cousin Bruce sets her straight  on Steve Rogers, I won't spoil it here. But Showrunner Jessica Gao in a n interview with io9 She said that when the She-Hulk writing team broached the topic, Kevin Feige was totally on board to settle the issue and helped them settle on details. “Kevin was really into that joke and he actually was the one who volunteered the answer to that question,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that we got to definitively settle that issue once and for all.” The She-Hulk showrunner also noted that when plotting out the Disney+ series, the team thought about not just what would be “fun,” but the kinds of conversations they and other fans are having. “What have we always wanted to see in the MCU?” she said. “There are some things like Captain America’s virginity that really surprised us that it kept going.”

Iron Man is returning to comics in Invincible Iron Man #1 Here’s the blurb quote  
On the eve of the character's 60th anniversary, Iron Man will begin a new era this December. Writer Gerry Duggan (X-Men) and artist Juan Frigeri (Avengers) will kick off a new run of IRON MAN's solo title that will bring Tony Stark to his darkest depths only to rise greater than ever before! INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will follow Christopher Cantwell's thought-provoking run on the title that concludes in November's IRON MAN #750, the upcoming milestone issue that will give fans their first glimpse of what's to come in this new chapter. The ongoing series will begin with Tony reflecting on the highs and lows of his 60 years of history, including digging up some classic armors and confronting old wounds, to overcome a devastating defeat at the hands of a Marvel villain who's been making big waves throughout the Marvel Universe recently.
It all ends here? Tony Stark, the genius-billionaire-playboy-philanthropist, has lost it all: his wealth...his fame...his friends. But Stark doesn't realize he still has so much more to lose, especially when a mystery villain puts out a hit on him! Every assassin around the Marvel Universe has come out of the shadows for Tony – and he has no idea who hired them! Will this cavalcade of killers close the book on Iron Man? It's the beginning of the end, as the Golden Avenger must fight for his life and find out what it really means to hit rock bottom.
"It's my privilege to try and follow Christopher Cantwell and his collaborators' stellar run on IRON MAN heading into an anniversary year," Duggan said. "Juan and I are going to introduce a new menace that is gunning for Tony Stark and his greatest creation. We have an epic tale for Stark and plans for old foes, including flashbacks to some of his classic armors. How about a little Silver Centurion for his diamond anniversary? Armor up, you're gonna need it."
Invincible Iron Man #1 will arrive in December.

Disney+ Day 2022 is coming on September 8. The second year of the annual celebration will feature global premieres and new content from Disney brands, including Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, The Simpsons, and more. Marvel Studios' Thor: Love and Thunder, which will be available in IMAX Enhanced, is among the new titles premiering on the streaming service alongside Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder and Episode 4 of Marvel's She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. The streamer will debut Disney+ Original movie Pinocchio, a live-action retelling of Disney's animated classic, new shorts starring Brie Larson and The Simpsons, and the making-of documentary Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi's Return.

The full list of titles set to premiere on September 8 includes a new episode of Marvel's She-Hulk, the Brie Larson-starring short Remembering, Dancing with the Stars: The Pros' Most Memorable Dances, Latin America series Tierra Incógnita, the Frozen and Frozen 2 Sing-Alongs, the series premiere of Pixar's Cars on the Road, Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi's Return behind-the-scenes documentary, Marvel's Assembled: The Making of Thor: Love and Thunder, and original The Simpsons short Welcome to the Club. This year's Disney+ Day lineup will lead into D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event on September 9, where the Walt Disney Company will kick off Disney100 and reveal news from Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Parks and more.

Thirty years ago Superman…Died. The landmark Death of Superman occured thirty years ago and DC is remembering the event with a Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special. The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special #1 will celebrate the legendary battle between Superman and Doomsday with four all-new stories from the original creative teams, including the teams of Dan Jurgens and Brett Breeding, Roger Stern and Butch Guice, Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove, and Jerry Ordway and Tom Grummett. Those stories will focus on Jonathan Kent, Steel, Guardian, and Ma and Pa Kent, but they will also feature a new villain named Doombreaker, and you can find the full rundown of all four stories below.

"The Life of Superman" by Dan Jurgens (W & A), Brett Breeding (A), Brad Anderson (C), and John Workman (L) – A young Jon Kent finds out in school that his dad had died years earlier, as his parents never told him about that fateful day. In the midst of dealing with this emotional news, Jon and Clark need to team up to fight a new villain connected to Doomsday called

"Standing Guard" by Roger Stern (W), Butch Guice (A), Glenn Whitmore (C), and Rob Leigh (L) – The epic battle between Superman and Doomsday from the Guardians' perspective.

"Time" by Louise Simonson (W), Jon Bogdanove (A), Glenn Whitmore (C), and Rob Leigh (L) – The story of how the death of Superman looked from John Henry Irons's perspective.

"Above and Beyond" by Jerry Ordway (W), Tom Grummett (P), Doug Hazelwood (I), Glenn Whitmore (C), and Rob Leigh (L) – A powerful story of Ma and Pa Kent watching their son fight Doomsday live on television and going through Clark's photo albums with the feeling that their son always prevails.

The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will also include Superman: Day of Doom #1 – 4 for the first time ever, and will hit comic shops and bookstores on December 6th. There will also be a Superman #75 Special Edition that will feature the original story, and that will hit comic stores on November 1st.

DC is returning to the Golden Age of comic books, with The New Golden Ge one shot comic from Geoff Johns, the comic will come as the aftermath of Flashpoint Beyond and will see the original golden age heroes and villains having their lives flipped in the past and the far future. Here’s the blurb quote DC's future...and its past...will never be the same again. But how are Mime and Marionette connected to this? Why are Rip Hunter and the Time Masters the most unlikable heroes in the DC Universe? And who or what is...Nostalgia? Don't miss the start of the strangest mystery to have ever plagued the DC Universe.

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After that, Justice Society of America is an on-going monthly title written by Johns with art by Mikel Janin. The first issue goes on sale November 22nd. Stargirl: The Lost Children is a six-issue series written by Johns with art by Young Justice illustrator Todd Nauck. The first issue goes on sale November 15th.

Speaking of going back in time, DC will also be going back to the 90’s in November, their words, not mine. An initiative that will include the launch of new titles. Including WildC.A.T.S., coming back for the first time in over a decade.written by Matthew Rosenberg with art by Steven Segovia. In this new series, the team must work together in the shadows of the DC Universe to make the world a better place but they quickly come across one of their biggest threats, The Court of Owls! Also announced was Waller vs. WildStorm, a four-issue Black Label book co-written by Evan Narcisse and national security reporter Spencer Ackerman, with art by Eric Battle. Deep in the heart of the American intelligence apparatus, an ambitious young woman named Amanda Waller has some dangerous ideas about how metahumans can help to end the Cold War, and she's willing to cut straight through Stormwatch's Jackson King-and investigative journalist Lois Lane-to make them a reality. Waller Vs. WildStorm teams up national-security reporter Spencer Ackerman (The Daily Beast, Reign of Terror) with comics and video game writer Evan Narcisse (Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Gotham Knights) and veteran artist Eric Battle (Aquaman, Kobalt) for a story that combines the tone of pitch-black spy thrillers like Sleeper and StormWatch with DC's Deathstroke, Checkmate, and Suicide Squad!

Additionally, DC will be publishing the Wildstorm 30th Anniversary Special, which will feature new stories teasing the future of the imprint's characters in the main DC universe. It will also feature reprints of stories from WildStorm: A Celebration of 25 Years hardcover, including stories by Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Brett Booth, and Dustin Nguyen.

Warner Bros has yet to cancel these, but they are moving them. 
The James Wan-directed Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom has been pushed back more than eight months, from March 17, 2023, to Dec. 25, 2023, the studio announced Wednesday.

Aquaman and the Lost City will see the return of Jason Momoa as the titular superhero, as well as Patrick Wilson’s Orm Marius and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Black Manta. It was recently revealed that Ben Affleck’s Batman will return for Aquaman 2. The first Aquaman was a major earner for Warner Bros./DC, grossing more than $1 billion at the global box office.
Also moving is Shazam! sequel Fury of the Gods, which was meant to come out in December of this year. It has landed on Aquaman 2′s old date, March 17, 2023. The release date changes come amid tumult for other DC properties, most notably Batgirl. The once HBO Max-bound movie was shelved and will not be released on any platform, despite being completely finished and having a $90 million price tag.

The unusual move comes after a change in leadership at Warners, with newly installed Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav prioritizing cost-cutting measures and refocusing Warners on creating theatrical films rather than projects for streaming.

Warners announced a slew of other changes and additions to its upcoming theatrical release calendar, including taking Salem’s Lot off its April 21, 2023, date. No new date was announced.

Star Wars
A new novel for the Star Wars Jedi storyline has been announced. Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars by author Sam Maggs will follow Cal Kestis in the time between Star Wars Jedi Fallen ORder and the sequel Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.  Quote "Star Wars Jedi: Battle Scars, a new novel from Del Rey written by Sam Maggs, finds Order 66 survivor Cal Kestis leading the Mantis crew on an adventure set between the critically-acclaimed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and the highly-anticipated Star Wars Jedi: Survivor," It is set to release on March 7, 2023. has announced Marvel's Star Wars: Revelations, a special one-off issue that will set a course for the future of Marvel's Star Wars series, currently set after Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Written by Marc Guggenheim (Star Wars: Han Solo & Chewbacca, Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Special) and illustrated by Salvador Larroca (Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Krrsantan: Star Wars Tales), Paco Medina (The Amazing Spider-Man, Fantastic Four), and more, the issue with cover artwork by Phil Noto (Star Wars: Obi-Wan) releases this November. 

Star Wars: Revelations #1 "finds Darth Vader seeking out The Eye of Webbish Bog on Mustafar, a mysterious creature strong with the Force, in a tale that will tease the direction for Marvel's various Star Wars series," according to the publisher.

In honor of the new Andor series, Rogue One hit 250 domestic IMAX theaters this weekend and grossed $1 million in ticket sales, which pushed its overall IMAX earnings to $105 million. This now makes Rogue One one of the 10 highest-grossing movies to be released in IMAX. Andor comes to Disney Plus on September 21st.

Star Trek
Star Trek has lost it’s movie director. In a statement Paramount Pictures stated quote “Matt Shakman is an incredibly talented filmmaker, and we regret the timing didn’t align for him to direct our upcoming Star Trek film. We are grateful for his many contributions, are excited about the creative vision of this next chapter and look forward to bringing it to audiences all around world.” The movie, scripted by the feature franchise’s first female writers, Lindsey Beer and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, remains dated for Dec. 22, 2023. Matt Shakman is currently in early talks to direct Marvel’s Fantastic Four movie.

Nichelle Nichls will be sent into space. The late star of Star Trek passed away last month. Celestis, a private spaceflight company that works with NASA, will carry her ashes on a rocket set to travel between 150 million and 300 million kilometers into space beyond the Earth-moon system and the James Webb telescope. The United Launch Alliance Vulcan rocket is set to carry more than 200 capsules containing ashes, messages of greetings and DNA samples when it launches later this year from Cape Canaveral, Fla., into deep space.

Ms. Nichols’s son, Kyle Johnson, is providing a DNA sample to join his mother on the space journey. “My only regret is that I cannot share this eternal tribute standing beside my mother at the launch,” Some of the ashes of other “Star Trek” figures, and fans, will also be onboard the spaceflight.

They include Gene Roddenberry, the creator of “Star Trek,” and his wife, Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who played Nurse Chapel in the original series; James Doohan, who played Montgomery Scott, the chief engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise; and Douglas Trumbull, who created visual effects for “Star Trek: The Motion Picture,” as well as “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Blade Runner.”

Star Trek Day 2022
Paramount’s Star Trek Day will be streamed live from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The celebration will include back-to-back panels with stars from across the Star Trek Universe, including promises of some exclusive news about original Paramount+ Trek shows. There will also be live performances, a special tribute to Nichelle Nichols, and more.

The event will run on Thursday, September 8, 2022 starting at 12:00 PM (Pacific Time) / 3:00 pm (Eastern Time). It will kick off live from the Star Trek Day red carpet with co-hosts Jackie Cox (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Mary Chieffo (Star Trek: Discovery) interviewing Star Trek cast members from past to present.

A series of back-to-back panel conversations with stars from Paramount+ Star Trek shows will be moderated by Lower Deck's voice actors and co-hosts of Star Trek: The Pod Directive Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins. The conversations will include the casts from the following “Star Trek'' television series:

Star Trek: Picard with series stars Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd.
Star Trek: Lower Decks with voice cast members Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells and Dawnn Lewis.
Star Trek: Prodigy with series voice cast including Brett Gray and Kate Mulgrew.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds with series stars Rebecca Romijn, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia and Babs Olusanmokun.
According to Paramount they “will be chatting for two hours of free live-streamed conversations and programming that will unite iconic cast members from the television series as they gather in person to celebrate Star Trek, with a few surprises along the way.”

Additional programming
NICHELLE NICHOLS TRIBUTE featuring a special video to honor the impact and influence of Nichelle Nichols.
BEHIND-THE-SCENES SET TOUR OF “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” with Wilson Cruz in Toronto, as he provides fans with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at filming season five of the hit original series, along with appearances from Sonequa Martin-Green and other cast members.
“PUT ON YOUR BEST FACE,” where a lucky fan will be transformed into a “Star Trek” alien by a series make-up artist.
“STAR TREK” COSPLAY RUNWAY hosted by Jackie Cox, fans will strut the runway in their finest “Star Trek” cosplay.
STAND-UP COMEDY with Brian Posehn (“Mr. Show,” “The Big Bang Theory”).



Futurama Episode Titles:
The episode titles for Futurama's comeback read as such:

"The Impossible Stream,"
"Rage Against The Vaccine,"
"Zapp Gets Canceled,"
"The Prince And The Product,"
"Related To Items You've Viewed,"
"Children Of A Lesser Bog,"
"How The West Was 1010001,"
"I Know What You Did Last Xmas,"
"Parasites Regained,"
"All The Way Down."

Sega is teaming up with movie company Picturestart, to develop adaptations of two of its games from the 90’s Space Channel 5 and Comix Zone. Space Channel 5 will be adapted into Channel 5, a comedy/dance adaptation of the cult-classic 1999 dance game, will tell the story of a hapless fast-food worker who is recruited by a freedom reporter from the future to save the world from aliens using the one thing that unites all people on the planet: our love of silly viral dances.

That project is being written by Barry Battles and Nir Paniry. Battles wrote and directed The Baytown Outlaws, a 2012 crime comedy starring Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria. Paniry wrote and directed Extracted, a sci-fi drama nominated for the Emerging Visions Award at South by Southwest.

Comix Zone will be made into Zone, the adaptation follows a jaded comic book creator and a young, queer writer of color who, when sucked into the final issue of his popular series, must put aside their differences to stop a dangerous supervillain from sowing complete destruction. In the process, they wittily explore the ever-evolving art of storytelling itself. 

Zone will be written by Mae Catt, whose credits include writing on the Emmy-winning animated DC series Young Justice, and the How to Train Your Dragon spinoff series, Dragons: The Nine Realm. She was also a writer on Netflix’s Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy.

Wednesday is not a reboot of the Addams family according to the Netflix show's showrunners. Miles Millar and Alfred Gough, speaking with Vanity Fair, called it more of an 8 hour Tim Burton movie. The pair recruited TIm Burton to bring his skewed sensibilities to the family of gothic outcasts.Gough told Vanity Fair quote  “He wanted the silhouette to look more like the Charles Addams cartoons, which is Gomez shorter than Morticia, versus the kind of suave Raul Julia version in the movies,”  Wednesday doesn’t have a release date yet.

Viola Davis is getting Hungry. The Oscar winning actress has joined the Hunger Games Prequel, THe Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Davis will play Dr. Volumnia Gaul, the head gamemaker of the 10th annual Hunger Games. She joins Tom Blyth, who will play the young Coriolanus Snow, and Rachel Zegler, who plays tribute Lucy Gray Baird from the impoverished District 12. Other announced stars include Josh Andrés Rivera, Peter Dinklage, and Hunter Schafer.

The prequel’s synopsis reads: “Years before he would become the tyrannical President of Panem, 18-year-old Coriolanus Snow is the last hope for his fading lineage, a once-proud family that has fallen from grace in a post-war Capitol. With the 10th annual Hunger Games fast approaching, the young Snow is alarmed when he is assigned to mentor Lucy Gray Baird, the girl tribute from impoverished District 12. But, after Lucy Gray commands all of Panem’s attention by defiantly singing during the reaping ceremony, Snow thinks he might be able to turn the odds in their favor. Uniting their instincts for showmanship and newfound political savvy, Snow and Lucy’s race against time to survive will ultimately reveal who is a songbird and a snake.”

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is getting a spinoff movie from the creators of Cobra Kai. The title of the Ferris Bueller spinoff will be Sam and Victor's Day Off, and it will follow two now-iconic bit characters from the original film: the unnamed valets who took Cameron's father's Ferrari on a wild joy ride, before bringing it back to Bueller and Co., leaving them in quite a predicament. THe characters were played by Richard Edson and the late Larry Jenkins. Who will be cast in the roles is unknown at this point. No release date yet.

A new Planet of The Apes movie is in the works with Owen Teague tapped to play the lead primate in the movie, according to Wes Ball has been tapped to direct. This would be the first under the Disney ``20th Century Studio” banner since Disney bought the studio. Production is set to start before the end of the year.

Gerald Potterton, the British-Canadian filmmaker who directed the adult animated cult classic Heavy Metal in 1981 for Columbia Pictures, has died. .

Potterton passed away at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec on Aug. 23, the National Film Board of Canada said on Wednesday.He was 91.

“Gerald came to Canada and the NFB to be part of a new wave of storytelling, one that was fresh and irreverent, and he brought great wit and creativity to every project. He was also a builder, helping to lay the foundation for today’s independent Canadian animation industry with Potterton Productions… He was an exceptional artist and a truly nice man,” Claude Joli-Coeur, NFB chairperson and government film commissioner, said in a statement.

Potterton passed away at the Brome-Missisquoi-Perkins Hospital in Cowansville, Quebec on Aug. 23, the National Film Board of Canada said on Wednesday.He was 91.

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