It’s the first podcast of 2015. We had a great holiday, hope you did too!
This week Millie talks about Marvel’s Secret War announcement.
Simon Pegg writing Star Trek 3, and the possible Ghost in the Machine remake.
Plus some Exploding Kittens and Cones of Dunshire on Kickstarter.
Here’s the YouTube link to the Press COnfrence on the Marvel channel
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On Tuesday at 3pm Eastern Time , which was actually 8pm for us UK folk and 20th Jan 2015 if you’re late to the podcast party, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort held the Secret Wars Live Press Conference at Midtown Comics in New York.
The Editor in Chief, laid out what was going to happen in the Company wide EVENT hitting the shelves this May.
You can watch the whole of the press conference on Marvel’s YouTube channel (& we’ll make sure the link is in the show notes.)
Alonso’s comments have cause fans to draw parallel to DC’s 2011 event “The New 52” where DC comics basically rebooted their whole line of monthly comics, and discontinuing many lines and stories in the DC world.
This speculation wasn’t helped by Tom Brevoort’s explanation that “that the mainstream Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe would “smash together”
Again causing fans to point out similarities to the DC “Crisis on Infinite Earths” story line, that resulted in the destruction of many alternative timelines in the DC universe and left one, as DC called it, “Positive Matter Universe” behind.
Now there was no mention of Relaunch, reboot or reimagining,during the event. And Alonso was guarded when asked directly if it was a reboot replying ““Read and find out. Our history isn’t broken and it isn’t something we need to fix. If anything it’s something we’re building on and seeing how it comes together.”
I’m not certain if I’m frightened or excited in anticipation of the Secret Wars Event, but we will be getting the first instalment, Issue Zero, as part of Free Comic Book Day 2015, and we know from the Marvel Cinematic Universe that the company likes to plan big and plan long in advance, so could this be a hint that all the universes will collide, event the MCU?
It hasn’t gone unnoticed that Age of Ultron, the film, will be released in cinemas this April, just before this Secret Wars event hits our Friendly Local Comic Stores, is this their way of tempting people from the cinema to the Comic store? How long can Marvel rely on their big blockbusters? It seems like a sensible bet to tie the print into the cinema, and TV, to entice the new fans to try the old format, the comics that Marvel does best?
Here’s the timeline for when Marvel will reveal more details of each zone — hopefully including the titles and creative teams involved.
February 3 2015
Egyptia, The Regency, New Quack City, 2099, Hala Field, The Wastelands, Perfection, New Xander
February 17 2015
King James’ England, Weirdworld, Marville, The Eye of Agamotto, The City, The Warzone, Mutopia, Westchester
March 3 2015
New Mars, Greenland, Arachnia, Monster Metropolis, The Far East, Valley of Flame,
The Hydra Empire, Limbo, The Deadlands
March 10 2015
Utopolis, Attilan, Marvel 616, Marvel 1616, Killville, Arcadia, Bar Sinister, The Wall
Whatever is up their sleeves, I’ll bet Marvel will do it in style, and I’ve no doubt I’ll be snapping it.
What are your thoughts on the Press Conference? Let me know how you think the Secret Wars is going to pan out?
UNCANNY returns for Season 2
“Season Two” picks up following the 2013 mini series detailing the adventures of Weaver, who has the ability to steal knowledge and skills from other people. Caught between a rock and a hard place, Weaver dodges criminals and the authorities alike when he finds himself used as bait. While evading a shadowy organization known as Cadre, he also begins the search for the source of his own powers.
Of the upcoming arc, Diggle said in Dynamite’s announcement, “In the new season of ‘Uncanny,’ artist Aaron Campbell and I rip away Dominic Weaver’s veneer of self-assured cool to reveal the flawed, frightened and conflicted kid hiding beneath it. Weaver has a lot of growing up to do and little time to do it, if he wants to stay alive.”
Tickets for the UK Games Expo have gone on sale at their website.
The UK’s largest Hobby Games Convention that runs for 3 days in Birmingham starting Friday 29th May. UK Games Expo is open to the public. You can book in advance OR just turn up and pay on the day. Tickets that are open on the website are for general admission, and do not include the popular tournament events that will be released closer to the date.
The team behind the event are expecting 8000 Visitors over the weekend. Check out www.UKgamesExpo.co.uk for more info.
Cones of Dunshire hits Kickstarter…
If you’re a fan of Parks and Recreation you know the game has “all of the excitement of the IRS annual tax refresher program, but without all of the state law complexities!”
The gaim aims to raise $300,00 USD by early March, The lowest pledge level that includes a copy of the game is a $500, so this is a game for only the most dedicated enthusiasts (with the top tier of $3,500 already taken!). A $300 pledge nets you a pass to GenCon 2015 and dinner with the game’s team. Lower tiers include goodies like shirts, posters, and a Ledgerman hat.
While you’re on Kickstarter also have a search for “Exploding Kittens”
coming from famed comic The Oatmeal, Mat Inman, who partnered up with Elan Lee and Shane Small to create what appears to be a rather simple game for players of all ages, although a NSFW version of the game is also available.
The creators describe the game a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette,” on their project’s Kickstarter page.
The game reached its $10,000 funding goal in just 20 minutes after being listed, and it topped $2,500,000 in pledges with almost a full month to go.
To get the full game including the NSFW content you need to pledge around $40 USD and they’re talking with the guys behind the VERY NSFW came Cards Against Humanity to help with the distribution.
Top level perks include signed boxes and cards drawn by the oatmeal, Shane Small or Elan Lee, although they do apologize for Elan’s drawing skills in advance.
So if you’re into card games or laser beams or weaponized enchiladas, and kittens causing terrible explosions, check it out.
Simon Pegg will write Star Trek 3!!!
Roberto Orci, who was also slated to direct Star Trek 3, left in December reportedly after disagreements over the script, has been replaced by Scotty! (Despite a fan campaign to get Jonathan Frakes (aka Will Riker) into the directors chair Orci, has been replaced in the director’s chair by Justin Lin, best known for the Fast and Furious movies.)
Pegg has taken over scripting with the help of TV writer Doug Jung. Hopefully this means at least 2 things
- we’ll seem more of Pegg’s bemused scots man in space, and all the joys that come with having Scotty on screen
- we’ll get a script, and ultimately a film, that will be as amazing as any of “The Cornetto” trilogy.
there’s no doubt in my mind that Pegg will pull out all the stops to create a script that he’d want to go watch himself, after all the man is a self declared Trek fan, and a loud and proud geek. Announcing Pegg has taken a script writing role, has renewed my waning enthusiasm for what was starting to feel like a doomed ship!
Ghost in the Shell
Scarlett Johansson has signed up for the lead role in the remake of the 1995 japanese anime “Kôkaku Kidôtai” Also known as Ghost in the Shell.
While I’m certain the Black widow could pull off the role of Major Kusanagi, I have join with others asking…. does this film need a remake?
Hasn’t Hollywood riffed off the film enough with, The Matrix, Avatar (not the airbenders, the blue aliens on the faraway planet) Surrogates and AI: Artificial Intelligence.
Do we need a live action version? Do we need Major Motoko Kusanagi & the rest of Section 9 westernised and turned into a futuristic arm of the Feds?
I’m also questioning why we need a remake? Do film studios still only think audiences can only relate to characters of the same nationality as them? I’m full of questions and outrage over this remake, and am currently hoping that it goes the way of the off-on-off on Akira remake.
We thought the Suicide Squad was confirmed, and then Tom Hardy dropped out of the Rick Flagg role (with the rumours being that he didn’t like the script)
Jake Gyllenhaal was Supposed to his replacement, but Variety is now reporting that he’s also turned down the role. And it seems like he didn’t waste time on passing this project over.David Ayer’s Suicide Squad is due to start filming this April, but the search for Rick Flagg continues.
Something I’m a little more excited about is According to Global News, Ryan Reynolds will begin filming Deadpool in his hometown of Vancouver in late March.
This is the second time Reynolds will step into the red lycra of Wade Wilson, but this time we’re praying that it’s a little more Merc with a mouth, than some random science experiment to see how many fans the studio can upset.
The film is due Feb 2016, and I want to make some glib reference to valentine’s day & deadpool, but I’m scared Shiklah will find out & hurt me.