Combined Cinematic Universes are very “in” right now with the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and DC’s weird dual TV/Movie situations. Universal, not to be left out has decided to create their own. But they don’t own any comics the way Disney and Warner Brothers do.
But they do have quite a few monster movie franchises.
Universal has hired Chris Morgan and Alex Kurtzman to mastermind the plan, and I honestly am looking forward to find out whatever weird thing they end up coming up with. I probably won’t go see it, but I want to know what it is.
It all starts with Dracula Untold this October, then followed by the new Mummy film in 2016. Of course, if these guys really want their cinematic universe to pick up, they’ll need to release more than one movie every two years.
So there’s been a lot of negative stuff on Nerd & Tie about rumblings in the convention scene. From the Awesome Con stuff (Part 1, Part 2) to the DashCon fiasco (dear lord that mess…), things have probably sounded pretty bleak.
So let’s talk about something else instead. Let’s talk about a great little convention trying to expand.
Let’s talk about Nezumi Con.
Nezumi Con started as a little student run con at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and I’ve been going there for the last two years. It may be small, but I’ve always enjoyed myself.
Well, they’re trying to grow, and they need money to do that. So Nezumi Con has launched an Indiegogo campaign.
Their goal is fairly reasonable at $4500, and the campaign will continue until September 5th. With this money they plan on running their standard January one day event – but long term they want to expand to a multiday con.
Look, with all the talk about corporate cons and amateurs making messes of thing, Nezumi Con is an independent, well run convention and they need your support.
So consider donating.
And being awesome.
Back when I lived in Eau Claire, we used to occasionally do something stupid called “The Squashing of America.” The premise was simple: we would buy vegetables (including squash) and hand them out to people on Water Street (the local bar crawl)… and film it.
This was the fourth time we did it, and technically there are a couple versions of this footage edited together… but this is the one I did.
And mildly amusing. This was shot in October of 2007, and first uploaded January 2008.
So January of 2015 will see the twelve episode television adaptation of the Terry Gilliam cult classic 12 Monkeys air on Syfy. I don’t know how I feel about someone remaking a Terry Gilliam movie, especially as a Syfy TV series.
Aaron Stanford will star as Cole, the part originally played by Bruce Willis. While I don’t think I ever would have thought of Nikita‘s Stanford as a believable replacement for Bruce Willis in anything, he is a talented actor… so I have hope?
I have hope.
Anyway, Syfy has put out an official trailer for the upcoming series, and at least by trailer standards, it looks pretty cool.
So after the announcement of Female Thor, people have been watching Marvel with a bit of curiosity it seems. And Marvel, not being a company to waste good hype, did not disappoint as they revealed a major change for yet another one of the big three Avengers. A new Captain America is coming, and its former Falcon Sam Wilson.
Now Sam was definitely the breakout character of The Winter Soldier film, so there’s no question he’s popular, but after decades of being Cap’s partner, it will be quite the change to see him as the lead for a bit. Now because Steve is my favorite superhero, it’ll certainly be something to get used to, but Sam’s such a great character it should work.
The only thing I’m not looking forward to in this is how upset every racist comic book reader is gonna be that Captain America is black.
The wait for news on Avengers: Age of Ultron has been very exciting. Marvel seems to have mastered the hype machine, we all know it. Despite this, its hard not to be excited for each new tidbit we get our hands on, but boy this is a big one! Aside from giving us a great shot of Tony’s new armor and Captain America’s fantastic new uniform, Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Preview cover finally gives fans a clear show of what the film’s titular villain will look like.
He’s so comic-y it almost hurts. EW also revealed a bit of the plot including Ultron’s for those of you who are interested. Continue reading Entertainment Weekly Reveals the Face of Ultron
On Monday we mentioned Weird Al was putting out eight new music videos from his new album “Mandatory Fun.” The first of which was the “Happy” parody “Tacky,” but now we’ve seen days 2 and 3… and they are hilarious.
First off is yesterday’s “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s awful, awful song “Blurred Lines.” I hate the original so much due to lyrical content, so it’s kind of nice for a version I don’t hate to come around.
Today Weird Al graced us with “Foil.” Foil is a parody of “Royals” by Lorde (a song I do like).
Both are worth wasting some time with today.
We all know he said he’s playing Shredder in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot, but we are now being told William Fichtner is not the Shredder.
You may now all collectively exhale.
Paramount Producer Andrew Form told Screenrant that Fichtner’s character Eric Sachs merely works for Shredder. That seems to match what we saw in the trailer, where he speaks to a shadowy figure.
And talks about taking the other dude’s armor to “the next level.”
Because the other dude in the scene is Shredder, and why were we still worrying about this.
I’m going to go get myself another Diet Coke.
We’ve gotten into the habit of referring to Robert Orci as the director of the third Abramsverse Star Trek film (or as I like to call it “Star Trek 3ish”), but apparently that’s not actually official just yet.
Speaking with Collider, Orci said:
I don’t want to count my chickens before they hatch. The studio has yet to even read the script. I’m in the middle of writing it, with the talented team of [John D.] Payne and [Patrick] McKay. They are true Star Trek fans, as well. So, I can’t even think anything about the future until I give them a script and they greenlight it. Until that happens, everything else is just a rumor.
But even if he doesn’t end up directing (and his lack of involvement with Spider-Man 3), Orci’s still a busy guy.
You see, Robert Orci is executive producing the forthcoming Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers remake. Yes, you read that right. Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.
It seems there is no remake or sequel Mr. Orci’s fingers won’t touch.
Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (who scribed X-Men: First Class) are writing that one, so it might, much to everyone’s surprise, be a good movie too. Only time will tell.
Via Cinemablend, io9
So Marvel comics announced (through “The View” of all places) that Thor (in the comics continuity) will be deemed no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir and that a female character would be receiving the title of Thor and taking over his book.
Since Thor’s the guy’s name though, it’s a bit like being fired and finding out “Not only have you lost your job, but you’re no longer allowed to call yourself Steve.” But I digress.
The way things are worded, it sounds like this new Thor is a separate character (and not just a transformed Thor like in “Earth X”), but we really don’t know anything else. A theory floating around is that the character is Angela, a former member of the Spawn cast who (through various legal wranglings) now exists instead in the Marvel comics continuity (and is the long lost sister of Thor and Loki). There are other options, as Thor’s cast includes several Asgardian women (and it could always be someone new), but based on what we know this is what seems likely.
I’m of mixed thoughts. Mostly that Thor isn’t a name like “Superman” or “Wolverine,” it’s the guy’s actual name. And if I’m wrong, and it’s actual Thor getting transformed? Cool. I’m good with that. But the name thing aside, this seems pretty exciting. In truth I’ve only read the Thor when the character crossed into other books, so I’m not as familiar with this continuity’s version to really make a call.
Regardless though, more women superheroes is good.
Unfortunately I only expect it to last right up until the next stand alone Thor movie.