A few months ago we learned that Freeform had ordered a comedic television series based on Marvel’s New Warriors. What got us most excited about this though was finding out that the series would prominently feature Doreen Green — aka Squirrel Girl. As Squirrel Girl is the single best character in all of Marvel’s comics canon, getting to see her on screen finally is kind of a big deal. Our biggest question was, as you’d expect, who the heck is going to play her?
Well, it looks like we have our answer.
Marvel has announced that Squirrel Girl will be played by none other than Milana Vayntrub. Vayntrub has appeared in a number of projects, but honestly most of you probably know her from playing Lily in the AT&T commercials. Really, in my opinion, where she shined brightest was as Tina in Other Space.
The announcement also mentioned that cast will also include Derek Theler as “Craig Hollis/Mister Immortal,” Jeremy Tardy as “Dwayne Taylor/Night Thrasher,” Calum Worthy as “Robbie Baldwin/Speedball,” Matthew Moy as “Zack Smith/Microbe,” and Kate Comer as “Deborah Fields/Debrii.” And while that’s a pretty great lineup for the show, here at Nerd & Tie it just kind of faded into the background as we all thought about how wonderful it will be to see Squirrel Girl on screen.
New Warriors is slated to debut in 2018 on Freeform.
On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
So the problem with taking half a week off of the site because you’re relocating to another state is that the news doesn’t just stop. While we were temporarily offline, ABC released a trailer for the upcoming Inhumans television series which comes to the network later this year.
In the trailer, apparently the Inhuman royal family has been living on the moon, and some of them are kind of tired of that. I could go into a lot more, or you could just watch the thing. Honestly, it looks pretty good, and Marvel’s television track record has been pretty solid thus far. I’m personally looking forward to it at least.
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?
This episode of Nerd & Tie was sponsored by Ohio Kimono
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.