Sony’s ‘Venom’ Movie Will Likely Be Rated R, Probably Won’t Be in the MCU

Just over a week ago Sony announced, rather out of the blue, that they were going to release a Venom movie (based off of the Spider-Man villain/anti-hero) in the fall of 2018. The studio apparently was returning to their plans to create a massive shared universe based off of various Spider-Man characters. There were a lot of questions though, including whether or not these new films (which also includes a Silver Sable and Black Cat film) would be a part of the MCU like the current Spider-Man movies.

Well, it seems like the answer to that is probably not.

Collider is reporting that the Venom film will not be connected to Tom Holland’s iteration of Spider-Man or the larger MCU, which of course makes me want to ask a heck of a lot of questions as to how they’ll modify a character whose backstory is so reliant on the web crawler. The other large piece of news in that article is that Sony is apparently looking to make Venom rated R.

I’m of two minds about that.

On the one hand, Venom is one of the few characters who I think would merit a hard R if they stick to the source material. That said, I’m not confident Sony knows why Fox’s Logan and Deadpool worked. Frankly, the idea of building a Spider-verse sans Spider-Man seems like a terrible idea.

Venom is scheduled for a October 5, 2018 release.

Via Collider

All the Details About Netflix’s Animated Godzilla Film So Far

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that Netflix would be the world wide distributor for a new Godzilla Anime film. Initially details were pretty scarce, but since then new information has trickled out about the film. To help you sort through it, we’ve collected as much as we can and put it all here in one place.

To start with, as we previously reported, Polygon Pictures making the film for Toho. The movie will get a limited Japanese theatrical run, and will be distributed by Netflix globally. Gen Urobuchi is writing the script, with Hiroyuki Seshita and Kôbun Shizuno co-directing the film.

As for new information, for starters there’s now an official synopsis of the film (now titled Godzilla: Monster Planet). /Film has an English translation of it: Continue reading All the Details About Netflix’s Animated Godzilla Film So Far

The ‘Justice League’ Trailer Looks Great, But Will The Movie Be?

So the new trailer for Justice League came out this weekend, and I’ll be the first to admit it looks pretty good. But here’s the thing, this is a film directed by Zack Snyder, and I’ve been fooled before.

You see, Zack Snyder has one single strength as a director — making beautiful, bite sized moments. These moments look great in trailers, but more often than not, Snyder doesn’t know how to string them together into a single, coherent narrative. Sometimes you get moments that contradict each other, but make great trailer lines.

Take Batman v. Superman famous Batman line “I thought she was with you.” In the trailer it got a big laugh. Heck, it did so in the final film too — except that if you think about it in context for five minutes it makes no sense. Batman is saying that about a character he literally contacted himself and asked to be there.

She was with you, Batman. She was with you.

All of this is to say that while I think the trailer looks amazing, I’m not going to let myself get excited about this film. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…

Justice League hits theaters November 17, 2017.

The Trailer For ‘Rupture’ Is Ten Kinds of Messed Up

Rupture is a science fiction horror film directed by Steven Shainberg, and it looks pretty dang messed up. The official synopsis paints a pretty dark picture:

Rupture follows Renee Morgan (Noomi Rapace), a single mom, who is deathly terrified of spiders. While in route to meet up with a friend, she is violently abducted by a group of strangers. After enduring intense yet strange questioning and examinations, some about her fear of spiders, Renee soon discovers that she is now the subject of an underground experiment. Her captors explain to her that she has a genetic abnormality that can potentially allow her to “rupture” and reveal her alien nature. Renee must find a way to escape before it is too late.

I’m pretty sure that this is the kind of movie where my biologist wife would start yelling at the screen that science doesn’t work like that, but the rest of you may end up enjoying it.

Rupture is exclusively on DirecTV on March 30th.

Hulu’s Adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” Gets a Full Trailer

Hulu’s television adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel The Handmaid’s Tale is coming in just over a month, and the streaming service has finally put out a full trailer for the highly anticipated series. Set in a near future dystopia, a totalitarian theocratic regime has taken over the United States.

It’s a stark political allegory that, due to political events over the last year, feels far more timely than it did when the series was initially greenlit. The series looks beautiful, has a pretty damned solid cast, and may be one of the most important shows this year.

The Handmaid’s Tale premieres April 26th on Hulu.

Sony Developing ‘Spider-Man’ Spinoff Starring Silver Sable and Black Cat

A few years ago, before Sony’s plans for an expanded Spider-verse based on their Amazing version of the character collapsed, they were planning a woman led spin-off which would likely feature either Black Cat or Silver Sable. Like most movies associated with that proposed franchise expansion, it was assumed that the project was long dead and buried.

Well maybe not so much.

THR is reporting that Sony is currently developing a film based around both Silver Sable and Black Cat. The studio has tapped Chris Yost to write the script, who recently wrote the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel. Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are producing.

This isn’t Sony’s only Spider-Man spinoff in development, with a Venom movie recently announced to be in the works (which even has a release date). It’s unclear if these will be anchored in Marvel’s MCU, but as the current Spider-Man is, it would be super weird if they weren’t.

I guess we’ll see what happens.

Via THR

The Live Action American ‘Death Note’ Is Still Happening, Has a Teaser Trailer

We’ve mentioned it a few times before, but unfortunately we have to say it again – there’s still an American live action movie adaptation of Death Note happening over at Netflix. We don’t know why it’s happening, but maybe the god’s have decided that we’ve had it too good all this time.

We’re forced to bring it up again because earlier today the streaming giant tweeted out the first teaser for the film, and it’s pretty much exactly what we expected. So we’re telling you about it. There, job done.

Can’t this all just be over already?

Death Note premieres on Netflix August 25, 2017.

Netflix Has Put Out a Trailer For the MST3K Revival

To say we’re excited about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000 would be an understatement. MST3K was a part of all of our childhoods here at Nerd & Tie, and the thought that we’ll get to see new episodes is sort of amazing. Brought back via a Kickstarter, the revived show’s cast features Jonah Ray, Baran Vaughn, Hampton Yount, Rebecca Hanson, Felicia Day, and Patton Oswalt. Netflix opted to pick up the series, and now they’ve put out a trailer for it.

We don’t get a lot of jokes in this, but they set up the premise of how Jonah ends up trapped on the station. No idea if they’ll explain why Crow and Servo are back (as they were last seen on Earth with Mike), but I’m betting they’ll just roll past that. I mean, it’s MST3K — the theme song even tells you to “repeat to yourself It’s just a show, I should really just relax.”

The entirety of the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 comes to Netflix on April 14th.

‘iZombie’ Season 3 Gets the Full Trailer it Deserves

The return of iZombie to The CW has seemingly been taking forever, with the show’s second season ending all the way back in April of 2016. But with the third season’s premiere date coming up pretty soon, the advertising has been kicking into gear.

And now we have an extended trailer for the season.

There’s not a lot that’s surprising here for people who have watched the show (and it includes part of a scene that happens literally minutes after the season 2 finale). The show’s dark, quirky humor is on full display, along with a tease to the season’s larger arc. Frankly, this show’s return can’t come soon enough.

iZombie season 3 premieres April 4th on The CW.

‘The Flash’ Season 4 Won’t Have an Evil Speedster as the Big Bad

Three of The CW’s current DC shows, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, have varied up their season plots, presenting different kinds of villains each season. On the other hand their fourth show, The Flash, has kind of found itself in a pattern. The villain will turn out, inevitably, to be an evil speedster who has been secretly a member of team Flash all along. Well, technically the latter part might not be true this time around, but c’mon.

We know what’s going to happen.

I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s still a really good show, but it’s in spite of this pattern and not because of it. The good news though is that producers may be looking to break it. The Arrowverse producers did a panel at PaleyFest, and during it they reportedly confirmed that next season’s villain will definitely not be a speedster. The Flash Podcast, who was there, tweeted out the confirmation:

This is, honestly, probably the best news we could have. I mean, The Flash has such a wonderful catalogue of villains who deserve more than the brief arcs they’ve gotten on the show so far. Maybe we’ll get a nice arc with the Rogues, or maybe Mirror Master will finally get his due.

Or, y’know, maybe something else.

Really it’s just great to know that producers don’t want the show to get stale. If a show gets too predictable, that’s when it will hemorrhage viewers. Variety will keep things fresh, and I look forward to see where the show will go.

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