Look, the biggest news of the week is Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We talk about that below, including some of the big questions that need asking. We also have all sorts of weird new toys and movie and tv news and a big ‘ol piece on crowd-funding. But just for fun, take a look above. That’s concept art that Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) commissioned because he’s thinking of doing an Alien movie for Fox. He wants to bring back Ripley and Hicks and that’s what Hicks would look like. So Hollywood effects artist Danny Woodruff decided to actually make the prosthetics and track down the colonial armor. He then had his father, Tom Woodruff, Jr. pose as Hicks. Woodruff, Jr. played the Alien in several of the films. Pretty cool. Hope Blomkamp makes another Alien film with Ripley and Hicks. I’d be down.
After going back and forth, a lot of were skeptical that it would ever happen but this week Sony and Marvel announced that Spider-Man will join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The deal calls for Spider-Man to first appear in a Marvel movie and then appear in his own film in 2017. They will recast and are looking to go young so that their Spidey is still in high school. So the Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield are over. Will the new Spidey be Peter Parker or Miles Morales? Unknown.
The deal basically is that Marvel can use Spidey in any of their cinematic universe films and they don’t have to pay Sony. And in return, Sony produces the solo films for Spider-Man and has final say over those. But producer Kevin Feige who oversees all the Marvel stuff is onboard as an executive producer. Sony gets a huge bump in interest and Marvel gets their best-known character. It sounds like a win-win as far as a deal goes. This will push back some of the Marvel movies: Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans will each go back one slot while Spidey wedges himself in there.
Since he’ll have to appear in a Marvel film before then, it’s almost definite that he’ll be in Captain America: Civil War. The big question is what type of role he’d play there. They’re not going to waste screen time with his origin but that would also mean adapting what the comics did with an established Spider-Man publicly unmasking wouldn’t carry much weight. But Marvel seems to have really wanted to get Spider-Man in there so they must have a plan. What do you think it is?
Kingsman: The Secret Service comes out today. It’s based on a Mark Millar comic book. We have a bite-size review from our own Rev. Ron right here, because he saw an early screening. Bottom line? Surprisingly good.
Another week where a nerd scoop came courtesy of the Wall Street Journal! According to them, Netflix is developing a live action tv show based on Legend of Zelda. Nintendo has told that story so many different ways it’s hard to say what the tone would be but I’d guess on the serious side since a) they’re talking live action instead of animation and b) Game of Thrones is super popular. What would you want the show to be?
Robert Kirkman’s horror show, Outcast, was officially picked up by Cinemax for a 10-episode series starting Patrick Fugit. It will not star Outkast. It’s based on his comic that he does with Paul Azaceta about a dude who gets possessed by demons and he sets off with a priest to figure out why. It will probably make him millions of dollars.
Two cast members were added to the upcoming Starz show Ash vs. The Evil Dead. Ray Santiago will play Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick – a Sancho Panza to Ash’s Don Quixote. Pablo believes in Ash’s heroism even if Ash himself doesn’t. Dana DeLorenzo is Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past. The show will film soon in New Zealand and all 10 half-hour episodes are expected to air by the end of the year.
Well, here’s the new Hot Toys 1/6 scale Ultron. And it looks gorgeous. Since I have all the rest of the Marvel Universe Hot Toys, I guess I gotta order this one too. Almost $400? Christ. Why does it have to look so great?!
Here’s an absolutely bonkers new toy: Furbacca. He is a Furby that resembles Chewbacca. Ok, that’s a cute enough concept. But he warbles the Imperial March theme. Wookies were slaves of the Empire! His eyes show the Millenium Falcon fly by. Creepy! And then if you use him with an app, he has eggs that hatch into babies from the Star Wars universe like Han Solo. Why is my Chewbacca hatching Han Solos?!
Cryptozoic Entertainment is crowd-funding a Ghostbusters Board Game. It hit its goal right away but there’s still over 3 weeks left to pledge if you want to buy in. The part I really don’t comprehend is that they are an established game company and obviously have already obtained the license so I don’t know why they need crowd-funding. I can see the advantage to buying in because you get the game first, at the best price, with exclusive content potentially. But I don’t see why Cryptozoic decided to do it this way. I’m slowly becoming disenchanted with the crowd-funding model for personal projects because it seems to eliminate risk for the creators. I think that could be a dangerous step to take as people end up making sucker purchases. I’m not saying this specific one is. But an example to back up my fears would be the recent reviews for the Aint It Cool webseries. I don’t want to dwell on that, but the reviews seem to at best be unflattering and at worst claim the funding does not seem to be in the production. Enough of my rant. Let me know your thoughts on crowd-funding.