First Look at Ryan Reynold’s Deadpool Mask

We got one of our first peeks at the long in development (but finally happening) Deadpool film today, when star Ryan Reynolds tweeted out an image which (while in sepia) shows part of the prototype of the titular character’s mask.

There’s not much else to say beyond sharing the photo, really:

Deadpool won’t hit theaters until 2016, and is currently in production in Vancouver.

Bruce Campbell Gets Co-Stars For ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’

The TV continuation of the Evil Dead franchise (titled Ash vs. Evil Dead) is creeping closer to hitting the small screen, and we finally know who will be co-starring in the show alongside Bruce Campbell.

THR is reporting that Ray Santiago (Touch, Meet the Fockers) and Dana DeLorenzo (Growing Up Fisher) are joining the Starz’s original series cast as big-box retail co-workers of Campbell’s Ash.

Santiago will play Pablo Simon Bolivar, who worships Ash as a hero and acts as a sidekick. DeLorenzo will play Kelly Maxwell, a (and I’m quoting THR here) “moody wild child trying to outrun her past.”

Ash vs. Evil Dead is expected to air on Starz in late 2015.

Via THR

How Spider-Man Joining the MCU Changes Phase 3

Last night we got the amazing news that Spider-man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony will still be producing any stand-alone films, as they haven’t given up the rights on the character, but will coordinate with Marvel for crossovers like the Avengers films.

But we didn’t know a lot about how this would affect Sony’s previously announced plans for the franchise. Now, in the light of day, a lot more details are coming out.

First off, as most of us suspected, Andrew Garfield is out. While he was an excellent Peter Parker, Marvel wants a new actor in the role. Secondly, Sinister Six film is on hold at best and cancelled at worst. Thirdly, we also know that Marvel wants the character to be Peter Parker (sorry Miles Morales fans).

A new stand-alone Spider-man film is still expected, just in July of 2017.

Because of that 2017 film, some of the Marvel Phase 3 films are getting shuffled a bit. This is what Phase 3 Looks like now:

May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 27, 2017 – Spider-Man
November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
May 4, 2018 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
July 6, 2018 – Black Panther
November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel
May 3, 2019 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
July 12, 2019 – Inhumans

All in all, it’s an exciting shift to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I will admit, I am a bit disappointed that we likely won’t see a Black Cat movie now.

Jaimie Alexander’s Sif Returning to ‘Agents of SHIELD’

Asgardian badass Sif, played by Jaimie Alexander, will be making a second appearance on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. In the upcoming episode, Sif will go toe to toe with a as yet unnamed villain… but end up with amnesia.

I happen to love Sif as a character, and it’s nice to see her returning (along with the continuing strong links between Agents of SHIELD and the greater MCU). With so much Kree related/Inhumans build up it’s nice to be reminded of some of the other aliens out there.

Agents of SHIELD returns March 3rd to ABC, and Sif’s episode should air the week after that.

Via TV Insider

Spider-man to Join the MCU

In a twist that many of us were waiting for, Marvel has announced that Kevin Feige will be co-producing the next Spider-man film for Sony. As part of this deal, the Spider-man of this new film will be introduced in one of the films produced by Marvel studios.

Sony will retain creative control over the Spider-man solo, films, but this is basically joint-custody sort of thing with the character.

This could… be really weird. I’m glad to get Spider-man in on all this Marvel fun, but this will likely mean ANOTHER Spider-man reboot in the near future.  On the other hand, the rumors of Spider-man in Civil War might just pan out now, and I’m very excited for that.

Just hear us out Marvel, we’ve seen two Peter Parkers in the last few years. Maybe its time for Miles Morales?

via: Marvel

FXX Bizarrely Airs “Secret” Wheel of Time Pilot?

So for reasons unknown, FXX aired a Wheel of Time short film in the middle of the night. About a half hour long and titled “Winter Dragon,” it was a fairly faithful adaptation of the opening of the prologue from the first book of the series. The cast includes Max Ryan and Billy Zane.

…and no one knows what’s going on. There was no fanfare, no news… just Lews Therin going crazy in the middle of the night.

And there’s a lot of debate as to what this was? Was it Universal just trying to throw something out there to hold onto the rights? Was it a pilot put on air to get a select group to fill out surveys? AM I GOING MAD LIKE THE DRAGON DID?!

It will likely get pulled down, but someone’s posted it to Youtube all the same. I’ve embedded it below:

From all reports, Harriet McDougal Rigney (The late Robert Jordan’s widow and editor) had no idea this was happening.

Of course, no one seems to know what the hell is happening.

Update: As Steve Stockdale pointed out in our comments section, io9 reached out to Red Eagle Entertainment and confirmed the airing was purely to keep the rights. The airtime on FXX was purchased like an infomercial.

Source, Thanks Wurm for the initial tip

‘BattleBots’ Are Back

So I know its been twelve years, but does anyone else miss robot-combat series BattleBots? Well, I know I do. I mean, it’s home-built robots beating the crap out of each other. What’s not to love?

If you’re like me then, and know how awesome that show was, you’ll be happy to know that the robot-combat sport is returning to television. The six episode season will air on ABC this summer.

Deadline is reporting that, unlike the show’s previous run, the show will no longer have separate weight classes and will focus more on the construction of the bots as well.

BattleBots may not be the first iteration of robot combat on TV, but it’s by far my favorite. Here’s hoping the revival lives up to the original.

Via CNET, Deadline

Episode 40 – Punching Yourself in the Face

On this episode we take a moment to mourn RWBY creator Monty Oum’s passing, get confused by Syfy’s new reality series casting call, celebrate the Ghostbusters remake’s cast, look hard at the possibility of a Zelda Netflix series, and think about Fox’s possible X-Men TV show.

Also, Trae went to Comic Con Purdue and it was a thing. A thing that totally happened.

(Also you’ll hear Trae apologize for Audio glitches that never happen — because he pulled the audio off the backup this episode instead.)

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Netflix is Developing a Live-Action Zelda Series

It feels like people have begging for some form of Live-Action Zelda for as long as I can remember. While they haven’t released many definite details on it, we now know that Netflix is developing such a thing in convenient series form, which is good.

What is weird is Netflix themselves describing it as “Game of Thrones for a family audience.” …huh?

Assuming Nintendo doesn’t change their minds, look forward to Zelda: The Series, sometime in the near future.

Via: The Wall Street Journal

Could G.I. Joe 3 Feature a Crossover With M.A.S.K.?

So you know how much I love crazy-ass rumors? Well today we’ve got a doozy. The scuttlebutt dujour is that the third G.I. Joe movie will feature at least a partial crossover with M.A.S.K., the other 80s TV/Toy property Hasbro currently owns. Apparently the Joes will bring in M.A.S.K. lead Matt Trakker to help fight Cobra.

Because why not.

No idea what M.A.S.K. is? Well, that means you were probably born after 1988. M.A.S.K. (which awkwardly stands for Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) is kind of halfway between G.I. Joe and Transformers. The toyline/show featured vehicles that transformed into other vehicles and were driven by, y’know, people.

That’s the simple answer.

And M.A.S.K. was awesome (or at least to those of us who just happened to be in the target demo when the show came on the air), but unlike G.I. Joe it kind of disappeared after its initial run. That means that it’s a pretty narrow cross section who might get nostalgic for a return.

Again, this is all rumor. None of this may happen.

But I totally want it to happen.

Via io9

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