Marvel Announces MCU Phase 4 at San Diego Comic-Con!


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After Avengers: Endgame, Marvel fans have been eager to know what’s coming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And Marvel was ready, delivering a whole slate of films and television projects from the upcoming Phase 4 in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con!

We’ll be updating as we go, but here are the projects we’ve got thus far:

The Eternals—Coming in November 6th, 2020 (we’ve got a full cast announcement here!)

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier—television, coming in Fall 2020

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings—February 2021

WandaVision—television, Sping 2021

Loki—television, Spring 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness—Summer 2021

 

The Snowpiercer TV Trailer is Every Bit As Unsettling As You Hoped It Would Be


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Snowpiercer television trailer

If you’ve read Snowpiercer or seen the film, you know it is not a tale for the faint of heart. So why not put it on television with the talents of Daveed Diggs and Jennifer Connelly driving it onward? There are always more terrifying depths to plumb, you know.

Get your first glimpse of Snowpiercer:

That was… harrowing seems far too tame of a word. It’s always exciting to see more of Diggs on screen in roles he can really dig into, and Connelly has just the right chill to be the train’s Head of Hospitality. The design and cinematography also stand out, which is no small feat for a trailer that clocks in at under three minutes.

Snowpiercer is coming to TBS is spring of 2020.

The Rise of Kylo Ren and More Star Wars Books Announced at SDCC!


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The Rise of Kylo Ren, Marvel comics

The Lucasfilm Publishing Panel went down at San Diego Comic-Con to let us know what new Star Wars books and comics are coming up, leading all the way into The Rise of Skywalker! Get ready to stack your TBR list…

Here are the titles that were announced:

  • For the kids there will be Star Wars Creatures Big & Small by Katie Cook
  • Delilah S. Dawson will be penning The Skywalker Saga, presumably Episodes I-IX, told in a fairy tale style
  • Star Wars Myths & Fables by George Mann will feature lovely illustrations

  • In September, Marvel will be releasing Star Wars: Age of Resistance comics centering on Rey, Rose Tico, Supreme Leader Snoke, and Kylo Ren
  • There will be a “Journey to The Rise of Skywalker” publishing program starting ...

Acting With Daemons is Like 3D Chess: The Cast of His Dark Materials at SDCC!


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His Dark Materials, Iorek

The cast, writer, and producer of His Dark Materials were at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming show after dropping their second trailer, and were happy to answer questions ranging from fun times on set to daemon actors to their love of Pullman’s books in Hall H. Here are a few highlights! (Hint: season two has already been ordered!)

Jack Thorne, the screenwriter (who also did the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) compared adapting material of this popularity and quality to doing a PhD on the original work and the author. Apparently, when he was on airplanes with Ruth Wilson (Mrs Coulter), he’d hand her bit of the scripts as he wrote, and she would give him notes on what she was reading. The whole atmosphere sounds incredibly collaborative, and they have already been given a greenlight for season two.

New Trailer For His Dark Materials Series Shows Lin-Manuel Miranda in Action


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His Dark Materials. Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lee Scoresby

The latest trailer for HBO’s His Dark Materials series (based on the eponymous Philip Pullman trilogy) is longer than the last offering, and gives us a better sense of the whole tone of the show. We also get to see the alethiometer much more closely, and get a gorgeous glimpse of Iorek.

Hold onto your daemons, everyone:

It’s great (and terrifying) to see more of Ruth Wilson’s Mrs Coulter, who finally gives us something to be frightened of with such an alarming ease. We also see more of Dafne Keen as Lyra, and can get a better sense of the scope of the world that’s being built for the show. This supporting cast is phenomenal, and we’re only getting closer to the premiere date, which is set for this fall.

No word on who is voicing Iorek Byrinson yet, though…

Farscape Creators Looking Into TV Revival Options


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Farscape: The Peacekeper Wars, John and Aeryn

Farscape‘s 20th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con was packed to the brim with fans who miss the show. It’s always been beloved, but in recent years there have been more rumors about its potential revival. Everyone seems to be on board, actors and creators included, so what’s the problem?

Well, we might not be waiting too much longer…

Granted, nothing has been inked or signed, but creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company were on hand to assure fans that they’re still working on reviving the show, and have never stopped. “For a number of years we wanted to continue Farscape in movies,” said Henson, while also noting that any story they wanted to tell couldn’t likely be contained in two hours. So they’re moved back to television in terms of finding a new home for the series.

Amazon Prime Video was ...

Farscape Creators Looking Into TV Revival Options


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Farscape: The Peacekeper Wars, John and Aeryn

Farscape‘s 20th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con was packed to the brim with fans who miss the show. It’s always been beloved, but in recent years there have been more rumors about its potential revival. Everyone seems to be on board, actors and creators included, so what’s the problem?

Well, we might not be waiting too much longer…

Granted, nothing has been inked or signed, but creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and Brian Henson of The Jim Henson Company were on hand to assure fans that they’re still working on reviving the show, and have never stopped. “For a number of years we wanted to continue Farscape in movies,” said Henson, while also noting that any story they wanted to tell couldn’t likely be contained in two hours. So they’re moved back to television in terms of finding a new home for the series.

Amazon Prime Video was ...

John Connor is Back, and More Reveals From SDCC’s Terminator: Dark Fate Panel


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Terminator 2, John Connor, Edward Furlong

Linda Hamilton is reprising her role as Sarah Connor in that latest Terminator film, but there was still much more to reveal at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Here’s what went down in Hall H at the Terminator: Dark Fate panel!

James Cameron could not appear in person, as he is hard at work on the Avatar sequels. He recorded a video greeting for fans and said that his only stipulation in the next Terminator film was making sure Arnold Schwarzenegger could return for the film. After selecting the director (Deadpool‘s Tim Miller), he stepped back and let him take over completely. Miller took the stage and let the audience know that Dark Fate was really all “about finishing Linda’s story,” and that the film will explore the consequences of Sarah’s choice to destroy Cyberdyne at the end of T2. There’s only one timeline at work in this ...

John Connor is Back, and More Reveals From SDCC’s Terminator: Dark Fate Panel


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Terminator 2, John Connor, Edward Furlong

Linda Hamilton is reprising her role as Sarah Connor in that latest Terminator film, but there was still much more to reveal at San Diego Comic-Con this year. Here’s what went down in Hall H at the Terminator: Dark Fate panel!

James Cameron could not appear in person, as he is hard at work on the Avatar sequels. He recorded a video greeting for fans and said that his only stipulation in the next Terminator film was making sure Arnold Schwarzenegger could return for the film. After selecting the director (Deadpool‘s Tim Miller), he stepped back and let him take over completely. Miller took the stage and let the audience know that Dark Fate was really all “about finishing Linda’s story,” and that the film will explore the consequences of Sarah’s choice to destroy Cyberdyne at the end of T2. There’s only one timeline at work in this ...

5 Questions About The New 007 and The Future of the Bond Franchise


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Lashana Lynch as 007, Bond 25

The news has been keeping a weather eye on the latest James Bond film (currently only known as Bond 25), leading to a sizable leak and subsequent announcement over the weekend that could shake the series all the way to its foundations—and I’m not talking about the obliteration of Bond’s ancestral home, Skyfall.

I’m talking about the new 007.

[Speculation around Bond25 movie rumors below.]

It was already known that James Bond’s retirement at the end of Spectre stuck for this new film; the basic synopsis for Bond25 involves Bond living in Jamaica and deciding to come out of retirement when his buddy Felix Leiter asks for his help—while his old spy crew will undoubtedly end up lending him support in some capacity, that doesn’t mean that Bond is back in action via any official channels. More importantly, if he did formally retire prior to the film, that’s a ...

Stranger Things Season 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Horror


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Strange Things, season 3

Stranger Things season three arrived on Netflix for the Fourth of July holiday, and the Hawkins, Indiana crew came back to suffer more torments at the hands of the Upside Down. But how did this season hold up compared to the previous two? Let’s separate it out….

 

The Good

  • The relationships between female characters were given a bit more than a passing glance this year, and they all had more to do in terms of the plot. Eleven gets to have a friendship outside of the original DnD quartet! She and Max have a fun shopping montage! Nancy spends time actually speaking to her mother and they bond! Women are aware of each other’s existence and they help each other and talk to each other! Why did it take so long for the show to get here, again?
  • 1980s legends continue to pop up all over the place, but ...

Stranger Things Season 3: The Good, the Bad, and the Body Horror


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Strange Things, season 3

Stranger Things season three arrived on Netflix for the Fourth of July holiday, and the Hawkins, Indiana crew came back to suffer more torments at the hands of the Upside Down. But how did this season hold up compared to the previous two? Let’s separate it out….

 

The Good

  • The relationships between female characters were given a bit more than a passing glance this year, and they all had more to do in terms of the plot. Eleven gets to have a friendship outside of the original DnD quartet! She and Max have a fun shopping montage! Nancy spends time actually speaking to her mother and they bond! Women are aware of each other’s existence and they help each other and talk to each other! Why did it take so long for the show to get here, again?
  • 1980s legends continue to pop up all over the place, but ...

Can the Marvel Cinematic Universe Actually Support a Multiverse?


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Spider-Man: Far From Home, trailer

Multiverses are a known part of most comics canons that allow for experimentation with familiar characters, new settings, and multi-dimensional threats. And given how long the Marvel Cinematic Universe plans to be at this mega blockbuster business, expanding into the multiverse might be inevitable—especially if they want to keep broadening their list of characters.

But can the films really support that?

The reason for expanding the MCU into a multiverse should be obvious enough—due to various mergers, Marvel and Disney now have a heap of characters at their fingertips that they’re keen to use, primarily the X-Men. While there are plenty of ways to make that convergence happen, a multiverse requires very little explanation, at least at the forefront. Mutants simply show up when there’s a strange leak between universes. Maybe a little pocket of dimensional weirdness drops Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters right next to the Avengers compound (they’re ...

Was 1999 the Year Nerd Culture Began to Take Over the World?


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In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

If you asked me point blank, I’m not sure I could pinpoint a time in life when the words “nerd” or ...

Screencap of TheForce.net from April 1999
The Mummy, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Mystery Men, 1999
Sleepy Hollow, 1999
GalaxyQuest, 1999

Was 1999 the Year Nerd Culture Began to Take Over the World?


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In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

If you asked me point blank, I’m not sure I could pinpoint a time in life when the words “nerd” or ...

Screencap of TheForce.net from April 1999
The Mummy, 1999
Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace
Mystery Men, 1999
Sleepy Hollow, 1999
GalaxyQuest, 1999

Genre Fiction Can’t Stop Destroying Venice For Some Reason


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When we talk about cities that major catastrophes always seem to gravitate toward, it’s New York, right? New York City, entertainment’s favorite home to heap destruction onto. The Big Apple (thought no one really calls it that) can rarely go a year at the box office without someone laying into it and tearing up enough streets to wreck the traffic pattern for a century, from The Avengers to The Day After Tomorrow to Watchmen to Planet of the Apes‘s iconic ending. Other cities have fallen pray to this practice too, of course: London’s not looking too great in Reign of Fire; Tokyo saw the events of Akira unfold and is always dealing with that pesky Godzilla problem; a T. rex stomped through L.A. in The Lost World; Washington D.C. has suffered its fair share of trauma from Olympus Has Fallen to Captain Captain America: Winter ...

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Stress of Her Regard, Tim Powers, cover
Casino Royale, James Bond
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke, cover
Doctor Who, Vampires of Venice
Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer

Genre Fiction Can’t Stop Destroying Venice For Some Reason


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When we talk about cities that major catastrophes always seem to gravitate toward, it’s New York, right? New York City, entertainment’s favorite home to heap destruction onto. The Big Apple (thought no one really calls it that) can rarely go a year at the box office without someone laying into it and tearing up enough streets to wreck the traffic pattern for a century, from The Avengers to The Day After Tomorrow to Watchmen to Planet of the Apes‘s iconic ending. Other cities have fallen pray to this practice too, of course: London’s not looking too great in Reign of Fire; Tokyo saw the events of Akira unfold and is always dealing with that pesky Godzilla problem; a T. rex stomped through L.A. in The Lost World; Washington D.C. has suffered its fair share of trauma from Olympus Has Fallen to Captain Captain America: Winter ...

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Stress of Her Regard, Tim Powers, cover
Casino Royale, James Bond
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Susanna Clarke, cover
Doctor Who, Vampires of Venice
Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer

The Star Wars Universe Is Somehow Big Enough for Eight Kloo Horn Players


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I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes features two notable kloo horn players: ...

The Star Wars Universe Is Somehow Big Enough for Eight Kloo Horn Players


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I’m sure when you were a kid watching Star Wars, you just assumed that the instruments being played by Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes (note: if you just called them “the cantina band” I’m really not sure what to do with you) were variants on instruments that you have already seen or played upon. Look, it’s an oboe! That one’s a space saxophone! How wrong you were, my young friend. How misguided. That instrument that Figrin D’an is playing is called a kloo horn. It’s totally different from our lousy Earth instruments. (It’s not.) And the Star Wars universe is full of musicians who loved that instrument, at least according to the Legends canon.

Here are eight of their stories. Eight. There are eight whole stories here, somehow. Eight’s gotta be a magic number somewhere, right?

Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes features two notable kloo horn players: ...

Toy Story 4 Will Love the Humanity Right Into You


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Toy Story 4 trailer

The Toy Story saga seemed entirely complete by the gorgeous bookend that was Toy Story 3, so it was strange to hear that Pixar and Disney were teaming up for another go. Yet somehow, with all that history behind it, with the journey over and the toys in a new home—

—they did it again. They made me cry in the theater again.

(No spoilers

At face value, the fourth Toy Story film seems like standard fare that covers much of the emotional ground these movies have already tackled. Woody is having a hard time adjusting to his new role at Bonnie’s, particularly since he no longer “runs the room” as he did in Andy’s house. Sneaking away to kindergarten to ensure that Bonnie is taken care of on her first day, he accidentally enables her to create a brand new toy from scratch out of a spork. “Forky”, ...