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.
The last two main-line X-Men films saw the return of director Bryan Singer to the franchise, and while one of them was really good, the second one really… wasn’t. So, when the next installment in the film series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, was announced, we weren’t super excited about it. Well, that is until we found out that Singer won’t be in the director’s chair this time around.
It’s now been announced that Simon Kinberg will be taking the reigns of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and we couldn’t be happier. Kinberg has been involved in the franchise as a producer since Last Stand, and served as a writer for both Days of Future Past and Apocalypse. Now, we know that it’s a bit of a mixed bag, but we’re choosing to be optimistic on this one.
Jessica Chastain is apparently in talks to play Shi’ar Empress Lilandra in the film as well, but as that’s not locked down yet… we don’t care? Once she signs a contract we’ll start to care about that. I mean, she’d be good in the role, but like all things undecided, we try not to get worked up about it.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix is currently set for a November 2, 2018 release.
Since the character’s first appearance in Captain America: Civil War, a lot of us have been pretty excited about the solo Black Panther movie. Over the weekend Marvel released the first teaser trailer for the film, and I was unaware it was possible to get more hyped for this movie.
There’s a lot going on in this trailer, but it still manages to explain the basics to the uninitiated – the notoriously isolationist nation of Wakanda has been hiding itself off from the world, and bad guys are making a play for its wealth. Lots of fighting with Black Panther himself along with the Dora Milaje. It’s just neat.
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…
On this, the one hundredth episode of Nerd & Tie, our heroes give our review of DC’s Wonder Woman movie, discuss how said film was banned in Lebanon, celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, and continued to get confused by the ongoing progress on Sony’s Venom movie. Then we take on the con scene, where ColossalCon forced Colossus Con to rebrand, and Phoenix Comicon narrowly avoided tragedy.
Jon Bernthal’s turn as The Punisher in season two of Netflix’s Daredevil was incredibly well received, so no one was surprised when a solo series starring the vigilante was green lit. Filming wrapped on the series back in April, and fans have been waiting patiently to find out when we’d get to see the final product.
While Netflix hasn’t said anything official yet, a rough window for that release date may have now slipped. Dearbhla Walsh, who directed an episode of the upcoming season, was talking with The Hollywood Reporter when she offhandedly said (on a question about shooting in North America):
One other time that hasn’t been aired yet, which was an episode for the new Marvel series The Punisher, which I did just before Christmas, but it’s not airing until November
Now this is far from official, but it would fall in line with Netflix’s previous releases of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. It’s also entirely possible that Walsh is repeating information given to her back when she was filming, which means it may very well have changed since then. Still, it’s a good sign for the series that fans are looking for even the vaguest indication of when the show is finally going to get here.
Earlier this year we learned that Sony was making a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie. This is, of course, all part of the studio’s bizarre efforts to build a Spider-Man based shared universe sans actual Spider-Man.
Well, the project is moving forward, no matter how strange. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the director’s chair has been filled by Gina Prince-Bythewood. Prince-Bythewood is probably best known for writing and directing The Secret Life of Bees. The movie also apparently has a title now — Silver and Black.
I’m really not sure what I think about this thing. I mean, yeah – it’s a superhero film with women both headlining and directing. I’m all for that. What I don’t understand is the logic of pairing these two characters, as it’s not like they’re closely associated with each other.
Of course, doing things logically has never really been Sony’s thing.
So I know Spider-Man has seen a lot of reboots in the last two decades, and even though I want to complain about that, each Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer has us more and more hyped. We now have the final trailer for the film, and… well… yeah.
It looks pretty great.
This trailer again focuses on Peter pushing against the limitations Stark has put on him. I mean, when you can stop a bus with your bare hands, it’s hard to be okay with something called the “training wheels protocol.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming comes to theaters July 7th.
No one was expecting it when Sony announced it’s Venom movie, so it makes sense that no one was expecting who will end up starring in it. Its been announced that none other than Tom Hardy will be playing Eddie Brock in the upcoming film.
Venom will be an R-rated film meant to launch a shared universe based around Spider-Man characters (that will somehow not feature Spider-Man). Separate from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, where the current film Spider-Man resides, it’s expected to be darker — and by all accounts confusing as hell.
Honestly, Hardy is a phenomenal actor, but even his casting isn’t quite enough to get me excited about this project. Maybe I’m wrong — maybe this will end up being phenomenal. With Sony’s current track record though, I’m not giving them good odds.
Venom is scheduled for an October 2018 release.
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