Freeform’s television adaptation of Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger comics may not be premiering until 2018, but that hasn’t stopped the network from putting out the show’s first trailer. The show, which follows a pair of runaways from vastly different backgrounds who end up with superpowers, has a ten episode order at the cable network.
People have been trying to adapt this comic for the screen going back to 2011, when it was initially intended to air on broadcast network ABC alongside a version of Jessica Jones. Needless to say these adaptations have taken divergent paths to eventually make it to audiences.
The trailer itself gives us a tease of our two main characters, Tandy (Olivia Holt) and Ty (Aubrey Joseph), but with only minor flashes of the “superhero” angle of the show. Mostly it’s a moody trailer about a couple of runaways with a flash of superpowers at the end. Is it enough to whet the appetite of the (creepily named) “becomers” demographic Freeform is targeted at? I’m not sure.
Captain Marvel may still be a few years away, but it’s one of the most anticipated movies in the Marvel cinematic universe. We learned Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve were writing the film almost exactly two years ago, and it was mid-2016 that actress Brie Larson was confirmed to be playing the film’s eponymous heroine. The last bit of information to slot into place was who would end up directing the film.
And now we know that too.
Variety is reporting that directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will be co-helming the film. Boden and Fleck are probably best known to audiences for directing Mississippi Grind, and are a solid choice to take on the task. The studio met with quite a few people about directing the film, so it’s clear they made a fairly well thought through choice with this.
Captain Marvel is currently scheduled for a March 8, 2019 release.
James Gunn is ramping up to do press for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which comes out in just under three weeks. The writer and director took to Facebook earlier today to talk about it, along with some of the questions he expects to get a lot during the barrage of press junkets and interviews he’s about to engage in.
In that post, embedded above, Gunn answers a question most of us didn’t expect to get an answer to for quite some time: whether or not he would return to write and direct for the franchise’s third installment.
The answer is, of course, yes.
This is welcome news for Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as Gunn has taken what was a C-list set of Marvel comics characters and turned it into one of the biggest titles in the MCU’s lineup. Frankly, the first film was a fairly amazing space opera on its own, and to characterize it as a superhero film would be to misunderstand what makes it a great movie.
One of the big questions about the upcoming sequel to the insanely popular Deadpool movie has been who the heck is going to play Cable. I mean, the first movie teased us at the end, and a number of actors have had their names rumored to be attached to the role — none of them panned out though. The wait seems to be over though, as THR is reporting that the part has finally been filled by none other than Josh Brolin.
Brolin is, of course, currently playing Thanos in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, so we can assume production won’t begin until he completes his commitments there. Honestly, the fact that he’s playing a major supervillain in one cinematic universe based off of Marvel comics and a superhero in the other big cinematic universe based on Marvel comics is kind of hilarious. Now if Sony could just cast him in that Venom movie, he could complete the trifecta.
Deadpool 2 is currently scheduled for a January 12, 2018 release.
On this, our officially longest ever episode of Nerd & Tie, we celebrate Invader Zim‘s impending return, discuss John Simm’s returning as The Master on Doctor Who, lose our minds over the New Warriors television show (featuring Squirrel Girl), contemplate Rainn Wilson’s casting as Harry Mudd on Star Trek: Discovery, and speculate on the possibility of a Joss Whedon written/directed Batgirl movie.
Then we tackle the con scene, where Angry Goat Productions continues to do things that are absolutely insane, and AnachroCon’s management seems to have devolved into complete anarchy. We also talk about the great time we had at Karoshi Con, and look forward to No Brand Con.
Plus, y’know, there’s a mailbag. This episode is just full of stuff.
The Thor movies, while enjoyable, have never been the strongest entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thor: The Dark World was especially disappointing, and not just because it completely wasted Christopher Eccleston to such a degree that many didn’t even realize it was him under the villain’s makeup and vocal distortion. Things seem to be turning around though, as Marvel released the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok earlier today.
And it looks amazing.
From start to finish, with the driving Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song blasting, the entire trailer indicates that we’re about to get a very different Thor film than the last two outings. Okay, so it feels a little Guardians of the Galaxy-ish, but as they’re both parts of the cosmic corner of the MCU, it actually makes a lot of sense. So yeah — watch it.
A few days ago Indonesian comic readers started pointing out that some controversial political messages had been inserted into an issue of X-Men Gold. Well, calling the messages “controversial” is kind of understating it, but “super bigoted” didn’t quite flow in the headline.
Artist Ardian Syaf inserted into the issue two small references which likely went far over the heads of the American editors of the comic — on one page Colossus wears a shirt saying “QS 5:51” and on another page the number “212” is prominently displayed on a building.
Guys – there’s some pretty exciting news out there today. Squirrel Girl is coming to television screens. I repeat, this is not a drill – Squirrel Girl is coming to television screens. SQUIRREL GIRL. IS. COMING. TO. TELEVISION. SCREENS.
I’ll give you a moment to let that sink in.
To be clear, what’s happening here is thatFreeform has officially ordered a New Warriors television series, but that show will prominently feature fan favorite Squirrel Girl. Because, y’know, Squirrel Girl is awesome, and if you have the option to put her on your show, you put her on your show. Kevin Biegel is reportedly in negotiations to helm the ten episode season, and I am just so excited right now.
The next series in Netflix’s ongoing set of Marvel shows is The Defenders, which will finally see Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and the Iron Fist join forces against a common enemy. It’s probably the most highly anticipated show of the bunch, and what we’ve been building up to over the last couple of years. While we knew the series was coming later this year, the streaming service had yet to give us a release date.
Well, until now.
The video, embedded above, is just a short clip of our four leads getting onto an elevator. If you look at the time code though, it ends at 08:18:20:17. I don’t think it’s a stretch to read that as 8/18/2017, and it’s probably safe to assume that’s the show’s premiere date. Also in the video you can spot the IP address http://188.8.131.52/. Clicking that link brings you to a viral website for the fictional New York Bulletin, which was prominently featured in Daredevil.
The death of Uncle Ben is a massively important part of Spider-Man’s origin, but when you’re literally on the third iteration of the film franchise in fifteen years, the idea of watching that heartbreaking origin story happen again is just super taxing. That’s why we were pretty damned happy when we learned that Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn’t going to be an origin story. It was clear that Uncle Ben’s death would be in Peter’s past.
But that didn’t mean we weren’t at risk of a flashback.
I mean, most Batman movies have been based around an adult Bruce Wayne, but I’ve had to watch that (poorly assembled) pearl necklace hit the ground more times than I want to count. Well, the good news is that flashback doesn’t seem to be coming. In fact, while Ben’s death will have canonically happened, the film doesn’t plan on spending much time at all even directly saying that it sounds like.
Spider-Man: Homecoming co-producer Eric Carroll told Screenrant:
I mean, we’re implying he’s dead. We have not at all, again, gone into trying to change his origin story as far as I have been envisioning it. But we, just again, we thought that to keep this fun, light tone, as soon as they have to have their, like, ‘Let’s remember our dearly departed father figure’ – it derails that a little. And again, what we’re trying to tell is this sort of fun story of the kid who is doing all the wrong things for the right reasons. And once you do that, it stops becoming a sort of sun movie about a kid trying to be a kid. He’s mourning the loss of a parent.
This is… well, it’s the best damned news I’ve heard all day.