Sony’s Marvel Universe Could Be Bigger Than We Thought

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It would appear that Sony has more plans for their “Marvel Universe” than we initially thought. JoBlo is reporting that Carnage is rumored to be the primary villain the Tom Hardy-starring Venom film. It’s also rumored that both Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio, will be getting their own standalone films in the new universe.

Those new characters join a character cast of Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable already confirmed as part of Sony’s world.

Spider-Man Trilogy Confirmed

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Tom Holland is most likely in some pretty hot water, now. He accidentally let slip that Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first in a planned trilogy of films for the wall-crawler. Obviously, no details have come to light, but this confirmation is good news.

There is still plenty of room to see Peter grow up Parker and especially Spider-Man in the next two movies, and at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the story is definitely not complete, I’m really looking forward to exploring how it will grow, [and to] see what will happen after puberty. Yes, [they’re] going to be exciting movies. Yes, there will be Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 and Spider-Man: Homecoming 3. Now, you know, sorry, Marvel, oops!

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PhE3: PlayStation Recap

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Sony’s E3 conference went about as expected, but on the other hand, it also had some insane surprises that no one would have ever expect, but they are damn sure welcome. While the majority of the show were updates to titles shown at last year’s E3, we were also given a few new projects that have been in the pipeline. Quite secretly, I might add.

Sony was absolutely a mixed bag this year. When they delivered, they delivered, but their misses were some pretty heavy missteps as far as interest. Hit the jump to check out the full rundown of the show.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Cosbabies are Adorable

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I haven’t exactly been the biggest fan of the Cosbaby series of figures from Hot Toys. They started out great with Batman and such, but since then have fallen off with many of the more recent figures. However, these Spider-Man: Homecoming versions have absolutely rekindled my love for these things.

The new series spotlights Spider-Man in his Stark Industries suit, and his homemade suit, as well as Tony Stark himself, in civilian clothes, and his  XLVII Iron Man suit. There’s even an adorably menacing Vulture! There are 3 different collectible bobblehead sets, each with different poses and characters throughout. You can hit the jump for the entire massive gallery of figures.

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New Comic Books: May 31

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Another slower week for comic releases as we start to approach San Diego Comic-Con, and many of the large event releases throughout August. It was a great week for reading, at least, as what books there were, were fantastic. Great twists, charming origin stories, and some absolutely mind-boggling art this week.

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Naturally, my recommendation for this week, is Wonder Woman Annual #1 – which consists of a series of short stories about Diana of Themyscira. The first is, by far, the most charming. We’re back to the moment Diana revealed herself to the world, and Supermand and Batman quickly take notice. Both attempt to spy on her at the military base, and much to their dismay, she instead finds them, in a fantastic scene. The art and characterization in this story alone is what made this my recommendation for the week.

The other few stories are hit and miss, with the kaiju story being particularly a hit, with beautiful artwork, and a small, personal story about Diana rescuing the child of a giant monster.

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Now that The Button has concluded, we’re suddenly back to a more personal Flash story, as a surprise visit from Multiplex, after a surprise visit from Hal Jordan, after a surprise party all happens with 4 pages. The entire fight, Barry is struggling in his head about whether to tell Iris the truth about who he is. It’s a rare moment, to stay so strictly in a heroes head, and it makes the story feel incredibly personal to Barry Allen and his struggle.

The real takeaway here, though, is the final page. After getting Iris back home safe, Wally opens the door, and lo and behold… the Reverse Flash. Eobard Thawne. Already back from the dead. That somewhat takes away from the power of the Button event doesn’t it?

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The only Marvel read this week is the 3rd installment of the primary Secret Empire event, which is pulling no punches, at this point. Steve Rogers is going back and forth between save Supreme Leader, and caring politician like a light switch, while the heroes bicker and split in an attempt to save the day. We saw much more of the mysterious other Steve Rogers, who I’m going to call it now, is navigating his own head. The blue glow of the world they’re in closely resembles that of the Cosmic Cube, and I could see that twist happening.

My favorite moment in this book came at the end, though. Fred Myers, aka Boomerang, had started his own restaurant, and facilitated a meeting between Black Widow and Maria Hill. Late that night, he steps into the bathroom to reveal a landmine. Finally, in a shocking, but totally-makes-sense twist, the Punisher reveals himself to have aligned with Hydra. Proudly hailing, with a Hydra/Punisher skull variant adorned across his chest.

Analog EP12: Love & Spider-Verse

Josh and Theo are back talking about a mix of video game news, and Marvel & DC’s film universes! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

Far Cry 5, Justice League, the Sony Spider-Verse, and more fill out the first regular Wednesday release of Analog! Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Silver & Black Rumored Plot

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So, while the title for Silver & Black was just recently confirmed, we apparently have some plot details for the mysterious film, as well. Take this with a grain of salt, of course, but S&B seems like it could be a fairly fun techno-thriller romp through a strange universe with familiar characters. many of them, quite surprising. Splash Report is reporting on a source close to production that has a load of great details on the film:

Here are some details about the story: Seven years after Mendel Stromm (a.k.a. Robot Master) and his two henchmen (The Scorpion and The Tarantula) killed her father, Silver Sable is hired by the government to find Felicia Hardy. The Black Cat, a master hacker and thief, has apparently stolen valuable secret information. She’s hiding in the lawless and dangerous triple frontier area between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

Once there, Sable ask her old contact Dmitri Smerdyakov (a.k.a. The Chameleon) to locate her. But it seems, the government are not the only ones looking for the Black Cat. It seems Felicia had made a deal Stromm to save her father from a Russian prison and she’s been genetically enhanced. Now, the mad scientist wants his prized experiment back because his financier (cough Norman Osborn cough) wants a return on his investment.

Also in the story: Dominic Fortune, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Roxxon Oil, Sergei Kravinoff (Kraven the Hunter), Lonnie Lincoln (Tombstone) and Charles Standish.

Silver & Black Confirmed – Finds Director

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The same day that Sony announced their improbable Venom spin-off film, they also announced another spin-off, as well: Black Cat & Silver Sable, which is now officially titled Silver & Black. No cast is attached, nor are there plot details, but we do have a director, now. Gina Prince-Bythewood, director of The Secret Life of Bees, is set to direct the film, with an undisclosed release date.

Given the timing and the quickness at which these projects seem to be moving along, expect casting announcements sooner, rather than later, for both Black Cat’s Felicia Hardy, and Silver Sable.

Spider-Man Homecoming Trailer 3

Marvel Studios has released the third trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, and I honestly wish they had released this trailer, rather than the last one. The last trailer showcased the entire film (as far as we know), and basically laid out the entire plot. Whereas this new trailer shows Peter Parker the character, and his life as a friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man. It’s much more personal, and infinitely more fun.

However, given the recent Guardians of the Galaxy film, and its many trailer twists, I’m starting to think Homecoming could be a pretty giant swerve from what we think is happening here. In fact, we know that the homecoming dance will factor into this somehow, and we even have our first hint at that, with Peter running in a suit down the halls of his school and ripping off hie tie. We’ll just have to wait and see. Spider-Man: Homecoming releases in theaters July 7, 2017.

Tom Hardy Cast as Venom

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A few months back, Sony decided to shock the industry and announce a Venom movie for release next year. Now, they’ve decided to do that again. Variety is reporting that Tom Hardy has officially been cast as Eddie Brock in the film. The famous Spider-Man antihero/villain is expected to lead Sony’s own shared universe, which will be running on the back of Spidey’s large rogues gallery, as a Black Cat and Silver Sable film is also in the works.

Basically, this is the best piece of casting news I have heard in a long time. Though, admittedly, I do wonder where this will leave the Splinter Cell film, which is another Hardy is attached to, that I’m looking forward to.

On top of Hardy, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), has signed on to direct the film. Venom is scheduled for release on October 8th, 2018.

New Comic Books: May 3

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This week is a bit smaller week in terms of the number of books to read, but there are some pretty major books that were released this week. Major events in both publishers were pushed forward, with Marvel surprisingly doing a great job with their latest, Secret Empire, at least in terms of originality.

With that in mind, let’s get this short but sweet rundown rolling!

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We’re going to get the big one out of the way here, because Secret Empire is shockingly good. Really good. Like, really, really good. After Captain America’s history is re-written by the Cosmic Cube to have secretly been an agent of Hydra all along, Steve Rogers slowly and methodically takes the reins of the entire world. Manipulating defense agencies, and his fellow Avengers. Captain Marvel is trapped outside an impenetrable shield around Earth, along with the rest of Alpha Flight Initiative.

However, our story follows a small resistance band, led by Hawkeye, and the AI of Tony Stark. It’s a surprisingly personal story that does a great job of showing just how quickly Hydra was able to take the world with Rogers at the helm. Throughout the title, we’re shown glimpses of Captain America still being a good man at heart, albeit a man who works for a terrorist organization. It’s definitely worth a read, even if you’re like me, and generally hate Marvel’s events. They’re usually convoluted, and just not well-written, but something felt different about this one, and I would definitely recommend it.

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The other major event being pushed forward, DC’s The Button,  was also on display this week, with the Flash and Batman being taken by the cosmic treadmill to the world of Flashpoint, which is being mysterious held aloft by an unknown presence. Batman confronts his father, Thomas Wayne, the Flashpoint Batman, and the two fight together, reminiscing about Bruce’s childhood while fighting off the goons of Aquaman and Wonder Woman of that alternate history.

I was expecting a lot more revelation from this book, but instead, the status quo is just reset again. They arrive on Flashpoint, which is still standing. Then, whatever is holding the universe together begins to unravel. Thomas Wayne opts to stay behind after Flash fixes the treadmill, but gifts his son with one last piece of advice. Don’t Be Batman. Words that will most likely reverberate through the mind of Bruce Wayne, sparking something in the future. After they get the treadmill working, they find Thawne, running through time with the Button still in his hand – a point before he is killed by the mysterious god.

I honestly feel like this could have been done in a different way. Unless the encounter with Thomas Wayne was a set-up for something bigger. They could’ve just jumped on the treadmill, and just watched time unravel around them, catching up to Thawne and the button from the start. It seemed counter-intuitive, but I’m still incredibly vested in this story, and can’t wait for next week.

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The other DC title I’m reading this week is much more personal. The town that Lois and Clark live with their son, Jon, is starting to fall apart at the seams. Many of the residents are revealing themselves to be not at all what they seem, and Lois is on her own. Superman, Jon, Batman, and Damian have all disappeared, and after Lois is confronted by the townspeople, she breaks out her souvenir from the moon: the Hellbat gauntlet, and proceeds to kick-ass as only Lois could.

This story is so immensely interesting, and it’s been such a slow burn in so many ways. Superman is easily the strongest book in the Rebirth lineup, with both it and Action Comics being great reads, with a ton of revelations about the universe itself.

Analog EP6: Crush Those Dungeons

Josh and Theo welcome their second guest to the show, dungeon master, Andres! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

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