I think it’s pretty safe to assume that most readers of this blog are fans of Guardians of the Galaxy and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 which came out earlier this year. One of the more fun little tidbits came during the film’s end credits, when a disco remix of the Guardians of the Galaxy theme played. Featuring vocals by David “Zardu Hasselfrau” Hasselhoff himself, it was the perfect way to end the movie.
Well, in promotion of the digital release on August 8th and blu-ray on August 22nd, the studio has gone and created a late-70s aesthetic music video for the song. Featuring most of the film’s cast and director James Gunn, it’s just… it’s just perfect. Large parts of it remind me of Hot Gossip’s “I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper,” which will always hold a special place in my heart.
So enjoy the video and go forth to conquer your week.
Considering how middle of the road the second Thor movie was, it’s hard to believe that the third would be one of the more interesting looking films coming out this fall. But here we are, with a second trailer, and that’s the world we live in. Released during San Diego Comic Con (we know — we’re still catching up), the newest trailer for the movie just looks pretty amazing.
I usually try to explain something about the trailer at this point in an article, or at least tell you my reactions to it. This time around though I’m at a loss for words beyond ‘watch the trailer.’ So, yeah — watch it. You won’t regret it.
One of the more interesting superhero television shows that’s been in the pipe for a while is The Gifted, which is set in Fox’s X-Men movie universe… somewhere. I mean, it’s a world where the X-Men and the Brotherhood both existed at some point, but may have gone underground… or gotten wiped out… or something?
Anyway, the show focuses on a couple of parents going (played by Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) on the run with their mutant children (Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White). They get involved with a mutant underground while the government hunts them. Frankly, it just looks pretty neat. We got a trailer for the show back in May, but now the network has put out a second.
One of the most exciting Marvel properties on screens isn’t any of the studio’s movies, but instead the various television series they’ve been making on the Netflix streaming service. The four shows initially announced back in 2013 — Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — have all premiered, and even the worst of them is is still pretty solid when compared to shows on the rest of television.
And the best? The best are amazing.
And now we come to the promised completion, with The Defenders hitting screens later this summer. Netflix previously gave us a pretty fun trailer, and now they’re offering a second. There’s a bit more revealed in it than the first, so we’ll stay quiet for those who don’t want even the tiniest spoilers. If you’re like me and want to get as much as you can though, here it is.
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.