Friday Round Up: Whosoever Reads This Update, if They Be Worthy, Shall Possess the Power of Herman Botsworth

I love this. Some genius listened to Tony Stark in Avengers: Age of Ultron. He suspected Thor had a thumbprint scanner on his hammer. So he went and built a replica Mjolnir with a powerful electromagnet and a thumbprint ID keyed to his thumb. Place it on a metal surface and only he can lift it. That’s very fun. Okay, so I’m back from the New York Comic Con (NYCC), the largest comic con in North America, and I come with lots of news. Obviously a lot of it is about TV, toys, movies and comics from the world of comics but some is sci-fi or supernatural or fantasy. Enjoy!

TV

Jessica Jones is the next Netflix show from Marvel and according to pretty much everyone who went to the panel, the show is not a disappointment. Because at the panel, they showed the entire first episode. Reviews claim it goes even darker than Daredevil which honestly is the right way to go because Jessica is a very tragic figure when we meet her. Sounds like we’ll get a very noir TV show!

At NYCC, Marvel and Netflix also gave this glimpse at season two of Daredevil which shows the first snippets of The Punisher and Elektra. In related news, supposedly Marvel is looking at introducing Moon Knight into one of their Netflix shows (possibly Iron Fist?) as a potential backdoor pilot for another Netflix show down the road.

At NYCC, they had a massive poster for MTV’s new fantasy show, Shannara Chronicles, based on the novels by Terry Brooks. It shows Seattle’s Space Needle crashed to its side into a skyscraper. Because I live here in Seattle, I know that it is built with such a deep foundation and built to sustain a 9.5 earthquake that it could not tip over. If anything, it would all fall completely straight down. Also, there are no skyscrapers anywhere close to the Space Needle for it to lie against. It’s a zoning regulation so that you can actually see the thing. Anyway, they also released the above trailer. It’s getting a lot of buzz, but I’m not sure it’s for me. I think it really does skew young.

Showtime has released the first official trailer for Twin Peaks season 3! I can’t believe this is coming back. At NYCC, while David Duchovny was promoting X-Files, he also said there’s a chance he could return to Twin Peaks as the trans FBI agent that he played prior to X-Files.

hellfire club

So this was unexpected but Marvel and 20th Century Fox have teamed up to develop TWO live action TV shows set in the X-Men film universe. Over at FX, one of the Fargo TV producers is developing Legion, about Professor X’s son, David Haller, who appears to have schizophrenia but may actually be seeing and hearing things because he has a lot of mutant powers. And at Fox, a bunch of the 24 producers are working on Hellfire, about the evil mutant Hellfire Club in 1960s New York. Director Bryan Singer will executive produce/oversee both shows to keep it all in continuity. But c’mon, the X-Men movies are sometimes very good and sometimes very bad but their continuity is totally borked because they never really planned to keep making these things. There’s two versions of White Queen, Havok is older than Cyclops by a lot, Gambit is being rebooted and so is Deadpool, and that’s really just the start. Here’s what I consider the good news: if Marvel and Fox worked together on this TV deal maybe they’re getting friendlier and at some point in the future, maybe Fox will do a deal with Marvel like Sony did where they still get to make X-Men movies but they reboot and they’re set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and have a plan. That would be nice. By the way, there was a rumor this week that Marvel got the rights to Fantastic Four back by doing this but that’s been confirmed false.

Avatar Skin Trade GRRM

George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones) has a new show in development about werewolves. I don’t think I can recommend getting too excited about it. Cinemax optioned his short novella The Skin Trade, about a werewolf collections agent. Yeah. Avatar made it into a comic book a while back. Did anyone read it? Cinemax ordered a pilot script so let’s see where it goes.

Speaking of Cinemax, at NYCC, they revealed a trailer for their new horror show based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book, Outcast. It’s a pretty creepy story about a guy named Kyle who has dealt with family members being possessed by demons his whole life and his decision to try to use his abilities to affect the demons to help someone else.

y the last man

FX announced they are developing comic book Y: The Last Man into a TV show. I loved the comic by Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra and I think TV would suit its long serialized story best. Vaughan will executive produce. The story involves every male mammal on Earth dying at the same time except for young man Yorick Brown and his pet capuchin monkey. He teams up with a bodyguard and a scientist to trek across the country in hopes of getting to a lab that may allow them to clone him and save humanity.

COMICS

Website i09 had a really fun idea for NYCC. They went to Artist Alley and asked illustrators who their favorite supervillain was. Then they requested a sketch of Donald Trump as said supervillain. Fun for all!

MOVIES

ant-man and the wasp

Marvel announced some release date changes for their Phase 3 movies. The big news is they announced an Ant-Man sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, for July, 2018. That means they’ve bumped Captain Marvel back to March, 2019 and they also moved Black Panther forward to February, 2018. February is an odd choice for a blockbuster but it’s also Black History Month so I guess they’re looking to capitalize on that. I suppose that’s fair, although Black Panther is African, not American.

hulk and thor

In related Marvel news, they confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will be part of Thor: Ragnarok. Gotta admit, I didn’t guess at Hulk showing up there!

We all knew there would be pulse rifles. Obviously. Now with added RIS

A photo posted by Brownsnout (@neillblomkamp) on

Apparently Alien 5 is still moving forward because director Neil Blomkamp shared a photo of the new pulse rifle props in the above Instagram image!

MERCH

MegaBloks TMNT

This surprises me but apparently the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sets did not sell well for Lego and they dropped the license. Beginning in January, Mega Bloks will release sets. Above is a poster image they shared at NYCC.

SH Figuarts TMNT

In related news, S.H. Figuarts, a Japanese-based action figure company, is also releasing some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toys. They are creating versions based on the original cartoon and had them on display at NYCC. Not sure what the release date here in the U.S. is yet.

Supporting Kickstarters are risky and personally, I think supporting video games on them are potentially even riskier but that’s really just based on how many got supported and then never delivered (or are delayed so far you really have no idea if it’ll even get completed). But this one seems like a relatively safe bet? Maybe? It has an interesting story, anyway. Gun Media was developing a game called Slasher Vol.1: Summer Camp and talked about it on IGN last fall. It was a 1 vs 7 multiplayer game set in an 80s slasher camp. Well the producer and director of the first Friday the 13th movie, Sean Cunningham, liked what he saw and reached out to them. After several discussions, they got the official license and now it’s Jason Voorhees vs. 7 camp counselors.

They’ve also brought on Kane Hodder (played Jason 4 times) and Tom Savini (did the SFX for the first and fourth films) as part of the development team. Also, Harry Manfredini, who created the score (and the memorable ki ki ki ma ma ma sound), will do the music for the game. So why are they doing it on Kickstarter? They argue that to keep the game authentic it’s going to have gore and nudity and publishers aren’t too interested in that. Makes sense. Anyway, thought it sounded good enough to pass on and you can make your choice about whether to support it (it’s already far surpassed its funding goals so you’d basically be buying into their rewards including getting the game). The project ends on November the 13th (yeah, it’s a Friday).