Friday Round Up: Marvel Ends, Star Trek Moves Forward, and Venture Bros. Returns

Chris Piers with William Shatner and a Star Wars t-shirt

Me with William Shatner because I love Star Wars so much

There’s been a decent mix of nerd news this week, considering January is a pretty dead month for entertainment. Who’s the unlikely writer of the next Star Trek movie? What did George Lucas say Disney did to his proposed Star Wars 7? Marvel Comics is ENDING its comics universe? Hey, if those clickbait-esque questions don’t make you want to read on then what kind of monster are you? Do you really read an opening paragraph but then give up on an article? Trust me, we have fun stuff to discuss, please stay.

Movie News

star wars 7 falcon vs TIEs

If you were curious what level of involvement George Lucas has in the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, the answer is “none.” While promoting his current animated movie Strange Magic, Cinema Blend asked him that question. Lucas said: “”Well, the ones that I sold to Disney and everything, they came up to the decision that they didn’t really want to do those. So they made up their own. It’s not the ones that I originally wrote.” Do you think it makes sense to start from scratch for the new movie sequel or should Disney have held on to some of the concepts the creator of Star Wars had? The rumor is that Lucas wanted to focus more on the new generation of characters but director J.J. Abrams wanted to focus on Han, Luke and Leia one more time.

Simon Pegg as Scotty in Star Trek

The upcoming third Star Trek movie recently dumped Roberto Orci as both writer and director, and quickly hired Justin Lin, who directed the last four Fast & Furious movies, as the new director. But who will write the story? Surprisingly enough, one of the actors is writing it. Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty in the movies, is co-writing Star Trek 3 with Doug Jung, the creator of the TNT series Dark Blue. It’s not completely out of left field. Pegg is not only in a unique position to know what Paramount expects out of the franchise but is a big Star Trek fan himself so he knows what fans want out of a Star Trek movie. He also wrote Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and World’s End. So he has some genre credibility as a writer. Good fit? Or not right?

TV News

Revenge Society from Venture Bros. - Phantom Limb, Fat Choice, Professor Incorrigable, Baron Underbeit and Radical Left

Venture Bros. returned to adult swim after being gone for nearly two years! The show can take a long time to produce because it’s all written and produced by two guys. Anyway, it came back in a BIG way with a one hour special that featured nearly every supporting character the show has had. And it made sense! A lot of characters died and some were reinvented: a newly confident Fat Chance is now Fat Choice! Very funny, beautiful animation and it sets up a new status quo for the upcoming season 6. Probably a good move in case they want to attract new viewers for a show that’s been on hiatus this long.

Wentworth Miller as Captain Cold and Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave

Flash also returned from a long hiatus and featured the return of Captain Cold. Not only that but Cold recruited a partner, Heat Wave. Some of the fun was in the stunt casting. Wentworth Miller plays Captain Cold and he convinced the show’s producers that they should hire Dominic Purcell as Heat Wave because he felt the two of them had great chemistry as brothers on four seasons of Prison Break. The Flash/Arrow universe also features fellow Prison Break castmembers Robert Knepper as Clock King and Peter Stormare as Count Vertigo. Personally, I hope they all literally team up to break out of prison some day. Maybe that’s too on the nose, but I think it’d work great. Anyway, the show returned very strong and is having a great first season. Are you watching Flash or Arrow?

fear the walking dead

Bleeding Cool claims they got ahold of the script for The Walking Dead‘s spinoff, which they say is called Fear the Walking Dead. According to the report, the show is set just as the undead begin to rise (on The Walking Dead we start well after the apocalypse has taken place when Rick Grimes awakens from his coma). Creator Robert Kirkman has said the show will feature a different visual style and we know from casting reports that it will feature at least two families who stick together. But the new report is that the show will take place while the world falls apart, which would be interesting to see explored. AMC won’t comment on the validity of the report, so take this with a grain of salt. Will you watch the spinoff?

X-Files stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny

USA Today talked to David Duchovny who indicated that the rumors that Fox is interested in bringing The X-Files back is legit. Supposedly they want to do a limited series to wrap up the alien mythology. I wouldn’t be surprised if they also laid down some groundwork for a spinoff or continuation of some sort. Duchovny said:

I’m assuming that it will happen sooner rather than later now. We’ll see what form, how many (episodes). Certainly I can’t nor would I be interested in doing a full season. It will be in some kind of limited form. We’re all old, we don’t have the energy for a full season.

Comics News

Alex Ross art for Secret Wars (2015)

Marvel released some big news that all their different universes are colliding in an event called Secret Wars, starting in May. We reported on the announcement here so click there to read the full details. Basically, Marvel is insinuating their continuity and the Ultimate universe’s continuity will end, though some fans think it may just end in a soft reboot of stories, keeping what we know and just updating some origins for the modern age (or at least making them closer to the movie versions that most people are familiar with) as well as potentially bringing back some dead characters like Gwen Stacy or Wolverine. Personally, I hope they don’t use it as an excuse to dump the interesting stuff they’ve done recently like Sam Wilson taking over as a black Captain America and a new female Thor.

Batman and Robin rock out

Weirdly enough, DC Comics is kind of doing the same thing (to be fair, they announced theirs first and it starts in April, one month earlier than Marvel). They are having a multiverse smashing event called Convergence. Publisher Dan DiDio has said that it won’t be a self-contained event and that it opens the doors for DC to do anything with their characters come June. DC completely rebooted their universe 2 years ago with the New 52 event but after an initial spike in sales, fans left in droves, not caring as much for the new takes on their superheroes and the way it abandoned past continuity. It sounds like this event may allow DC to reclaim some of their past history, but that’s all speculation at this point.

Rick and Morty comic page by Zac Gorman, illustrated by CJ Cannon

On April 1, Oni Press will release the first issue of the new Rick and Morty comic book, which is written by Zac Gorman, illustrated by CJ Cannon and colored by Ryan Hill. Rick and Morty is one of my favorite shows ever. It’s vulgar, bizarre and hilarious. No word on what involvement creators Justin Roiland or Dan Harmon may have overseeing the book, but Entertainment Weekly previewed some pages and the book sure looks and sounds good to this fan.

Sports News

The upcoming Super Bowl took on a decidedly nerdy turn when Marvel superhero actors Chris Evans (Captain America) and Chris Pratt (Starlord) got into a Twitter back and forth. Evans is from Boston and is a big New England Patriots fan while Pratt grew up in Washington and roots for the Seattle Seahawks. They turned their bit of rivalry into an opportunity for charity so everyone wins. Here’s their back and forth:

Chris Pratt and Chris Evans Tweet about Super Bowl

Collectables News

Iron Giant action figure by Mondo

Fans of Iron Giant may want the high end figure Mondo is making of the titular character but it won’t come cheap. Pre-orders opened yesterday and it costs $300. That’s Hot Toys money!

FunkoPop art for Avengers: Age of Ultron with grey Hulk

FunkoPop released this promo image for some figures they’re making based on Avengers: Age of Ultron. Their Hulk is colored grey. I wonder if this means we’ll see a grey Hulk in the movie or if it’s just a variant toy they’ve invented? In the comics, Bruce Banner has dissociative identity disorder and has different Hulk personas. One is green and savage. Another is grey and more cunning. Who knows?

Custom Superhero Hoodies by CoyotePopClothing

These hoodies are amazing. They’re made by an Etsy user called Coyote Pop Clothing. Today is the last day to preorder because she makes them to order and then that’s it. So if you’ve ever wanted an unofficial Spider-Gwen hoodie, January 23rd is probably your last chance.

Alleged 60s Topps Card of Batman pooping made for employees

Not sure if this is legit or not but I want it to be. eBay user clubhouse claimed a family member worked at Topps trading cards in the 60s and had a rare card that was created as an in-house gift to employees. It was created along with the cards of the 60s Batman tv show and featured Batman taking a dump. He wanted $3,500 for this one-of-a-kind memorabilia but received no bids. Probably because there was just no way to verify if it was real or not. But I want to believe.

  • William Bruce West

    Great roundup. I forgot so much happened this week. I kinda phoned it in today, but there were so many thoughts on the Marvel stuff that it just kinda took over my post.

  • Chris Piers

    Thanks. You wrote a lot about the Marvel news, I liked it. I wish I’d heard about the Milestone news. I used to read all those titles. I liked Icon and Static a lot.

  • Skewed_View

    It’s about time the New 52 is scrapped. Honestly, they kept it going longer than I thought they would. Unfortunately, it was long enough to corrupt DC animation and DC retail toys.

  • Hdawger

    I’m way more excited for the X-Files event than I should be, but I still hold over some pretty big resentment over those last two seasons. I’m also excited for the Venture Bros return, as well for all the CW shows returning this winter. Also, sometimes I feel like the only guy that genuinely likes DC’s New 52 and thought it was a genius plan from the start (It gave us Justice League Dark!!!).