On this episode of Nerd & Tie we deal with the ongoing move of our production studio, mourn the passing of Adam West, go through the highlights of E3, discuss the changes coming to Pokemon Go, review the confusing situation surrounding the Venom movie (and how it MIGHT still be MCU adjacent), and consider Wizard World’s money problems.
There are a few technical difficulties in the video too, but at least the audio version is largely clean?
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One of the stranger things that’s been happening is that Sony has been moving forward with the “Sony Marvel Universe” films, based around Spider-Man characters… minus Spider-Man. I mean, envisioning a Venom movie without Spider-Man is pretty strange, right? Well, the two franchises (which also includes the Black Cat and Silver Sable movie Silver and Black) aren’t going to be so far apart apparently.
In an interview with Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal, Pascal seemed to confirm that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man could show up in the spin-off movies still.
[BREAKING NEWS] Amy Pascal confirm Black Cat and Vanom movie will pass in the same universe of "Spider-Man: Homecoming pic.twitter.com/qfAKOulqwE
This is, of course, completely contrary to Feige’s previous statements where he said the Venom movie wouldn’t be in the MCU. Of course, since Feige seemed a little surprised in the interview, maybe this was news to him too.
Geoff Johns and Kevin Feige may be helming competing superhero movie franchises right now, but both began their careers working for legendary director Richard Donner. At an event in Donner’s honor on Wednesday, the two each recounted how the director’s work (especially on seminal superhero film Superman: The Movie) still influences what they do today.
The video of the two talking is just over three minutes long, but it’s worth sitting down and watching it. In the bizarre fan wars that occasionally erupt online, it’s important to remember that the vitriolic “rivalry” between Marvel and DC franchises largely is a problem amongst those who consume the media and not those who make it.
Also, I really want to go rewatch Superman: The Movie right now…
The news came down the other day that Kevin Feige would begin to report directly to Disney, and that Marvel Studios would no longer need the direct approval of Marvel Comics. Well, it’s now been confirmed that the Marvel Studios Creative Committee has been dissolved, and that Feige has direct creative control of the cinema behemoth.
The committee included Alan Fine (President of Marvel Entertainment), Joe Quesada (Marvel Chief Creative Officer/Jerk who broke up Peter Parker and MJ), Dan Buckley (Marvel Comics publisher), and Brian Michael Bendis (comics god). Whether this change is a good thing or a bad thing depends on whether or not you completely trust Feige to run things unchecked.
On the one hand, he’s been the leading voice shepherding what is effectively one of the biggest franchises in the world. On the other hand, maybe the committee had prevented him from making disastrous mistakes we’ve never ended up hearing about.