Pull Box: April 17

The end of “Knightmares” has finally come with the truth behind all of this finally coming to light. An innovation on Scarecrow’s fear toxin has driven Bruce into his own mind, to face his own fears, and only his greatest fear can save him: the truth about himself. Maybe Batman truly isn’t capable of that type of love. The type that drives a relationship forward, allowing two people to give themselves to one another completely. It’s horribly tragic, but maybe it’s true. On top of that, Thomas Wayne really is there, working with Bane and claiming himself the true Batman, but how did he even get there? Still more questions remain.

I’m not sure what it is, but the mysteries in this book have me eating out of the palm of their hands. Naomi’s past is so interesting, even though we know next to nothing. Now, we know that Dee and her Father are warring aliens who decided to just have normal lives on Earth, and we know that there is certainly something different about Naomi herself. The mysterious black box, and what almost looked like a White Lantern logo? It couldn’t have been, given the small differences, but it is certainly inspired by that.

And the award for best retcon of all time goes to Scott Snyder and Justice League. With an effortless flick of his pen, Snyder has merged the entire history of the Crisis on Infinite Earths, and the Anti-Monitor, as well as his motivations and history into the modern age. We now know the true history of Perpetua and her children, and the life they cursed themselves to in order to stop her machinations. That was storytelling at its most masterful.

As expected, even after being eaten by his own Frost Giant Father, Loki still cannot die. Even being digested, quite grotesquely, I might add, in the gullet of Laufey, he just subconsciously will not give up despite his pleas otherwise. Knowing that Loki is indirectly responsible for the creation of the horrible Malekith that started the War of the Realms was quite the revelation. Now, we get to see what Loki does with that information.

That was a jam-packed issue that was full of everything you could possibly ask for. Insane action, revelations and character development galore, and even more insane action. Jane Foster is the All-Mother of Asgard, as Freyja leaves for Jotunheim to find Thor, and Odin falls into the Odinsleep to heal his wounds before leaving for Svartalfehim to destroy the Black Bifrost. This is absolutely fantastic, and easily the best even Marvel has had in some time.

It’s interesting to see the front-row seat that Punisher of all people has taken in this massive war. The anti-hero with the fewest powers taking on these otherworldly creatures of unspeakable horror is impressive, and that’s most likely why that choice was made. With that being said, the usual amount of gore and blood was at play here, and it was jarring in all the right ways given how Thor books usually can be.

This is how you know Marvel is taking the War of the Realms seriously, with these small tie-in stories that show just how many heroes are actually involved in this event. The Daredevil story was obviously the stand-out here, and I’m actually excited to see how the Man Without Fear got a hold of the sword of Heimdall, giving him god-like powers. The Wolverine and Punisher story was also pretty fantastic, but one has to wonder where all of the Avengers are?

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Mark Hamill Cast in Child’s Play Reboot

After voicing the Joker for a generation of fans, Mark Hamill is officially voicing another iconic villain. Orion Pictures announced this past weekend during their WonderCon panel that Hamill was play the voice of Chucky in the upcoming reboot, Child’s Play.

“Hello WonderCon, it’s Mark Hamill here and if you’re wondering who’s going to voice Chucky in the new Child’s Play, you’re looking at him,” said Hamill. “I can’t wait to bring such an iconic character to life and present him in a way you’ve never seen him before. Child’s Play this summer. We’re going to have some fun. And remember, he’s more than just a toy, he’s your best friend.”

Florence Pugh to Star in Black Widow

The solo Black Widow film continues to move forward, as The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family) is in final talks to star opposite Scarlett Johannson in the movie. Pugh will play a spy “on the same level” as Natasha Romanoff.

Black Widow is said to be a prequel, and will give us insight into the Black Widow’s dark past as a KGB assassin before being scooped up by Nick Fury for S.H.I.E.L.D. Perhaps we’ll see more of Samuel L. Jackson de-aged in this film? I suppose we’ll see as more details develop in the film.

Rami Malek in Final Talks for Bond 25

It looks like the cast of Bond 25 is starting to fill out its cast as Collider is reporting that Academy Award Winner, Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) is in final talks to play the villain in the 25th installment of the franchise. Details on his character are scarce, though its said he’s set to play a blind man.

He joins returning cast members Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes and, of course, Daniel Craig as the iconic MI6 agent.

Cassandra Jean Amell Cast in Arrow Crossover

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It’s been reported that the annual Arrow crossover has gotten even more interesting with the addition of a supporting character to one of Batman’s villainous rogues. Cassandra Jean Amell (Mad Men), wife of Arrow star, Stephen Amell, has been cast as Nora Fries in the upcoming crossover. Nora Fries is, of course, the wife of villain Mr. Freeze.

While it’s been confirmed the villain won’t be making an appearance, this could set the stage for the villain in the upcoming Batwoman solo series, starring Ruby Rose. We should find out more when the Arrow crossover airs later this year.

BadCast – Bowser

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Bovi is once again joined by Theo and Andy to talk about the most notorious villain in all of video games: Bowser!

His origins, history, creation, and many crazy schemes in an attempt to find love are all spotlighted here as the guys dig in across the many incarnations of the Koopa King! Be sure to check out the links below to listen, and rate & review on iTunes!

iTunes: http://apple.co/2nMrX1R
Stitcher: http://bit.ly/analogstitcher

LEGO DC Super-Villains Announced

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games, The LEGO Group and DC Entertainment have officially announced LEGO DC Super-Villains, the first LEGO game to put players in a villain-centric adventure packed with favorite locations and characters from across the DC universe. The game will allow players to create their own villain, and go on their villainous escapades.

In the game, the Justice League has disappeared, replaced by mysterious impostors calling themselves the Justice Syndicate. All may not be as it seems, and it’s up the villains to foil the schemes of the so-called heroes from an alternate universe. Hit the jump to check out the first trailer.

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Michael Keaton Returning as The Vulture!

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Good news for fans of Michael Keaton’s fantastic portrayal of the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Keaton has officially signed on to return to the role of Adrian Toomes in the upcoming sequel, alongside Tom Holland, and newly Jake Gyllenhaal. Variety has officially confirmed the casting, which now heavily inspires the potential for the Sinister Six to make their big-screen debut.

Toomes was last seen, refusing to give up the identity of Spider-Man to Mac Gargan, aka The Scorpion, while in prison together. Additionally, Feige has confirmed the next film will be a globe-trotting adventure, dealing with the repercussions of Avengers 4.

Jake Gyllenhaal In Talks to Play Mysterio

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It’s been confirmed by Deadline this morning, that actor Jake Gyllenhaal is finally making his move towards the comic book world, as he’s in final talks to play the villain, Mysterio, in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Mysterio has been one of the more often requested of Spider-Man’s famous rogue’s gallery, with many fans wanting Bruce Campbell to play the character in Sam Raimi’s trilogy of films.

While the casting is phenomenal, it’s unclear as to whether this will have any bearing on Matt Reeve’s upcoming Batman film, as Gyllenhaal was the favorite to replace Affleck in the role, should he elect to leave.

BadCast – The Undertaker (Pt. 1)

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Bovi is joined by Theo and Andy to talk about one of the most iconic, and villainous, pro wrestlers of all time: The Undertaker!

Part 1 of The Undertaker covers his history, and origins, as well as the first several years of his illustrious career in the then-World Wrestling Federation. Be sure to check out the links below to listen, and rate & review on iTunes!

iTunes: http://apple.co/2nMrX1R
Stitcher: http://bit.ly/analogstitcher

BadCast (Pilot) – Thanos

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We’ve been talking about it for months, and the day is finally here! Introducing The BadCast! The show that covers the history, origins, and craziest facts on pop culture’s biggest baddies, villains, antagonists, and ne’er-do-wells!

The Pilot episode talks about the long, storied past of the biggest villain in cinema history (at least from a box office standpoint), and the big-bad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Thanos! Hosted by Bovi, be sure to check out the links below to listen, and let us know your thoughts!

Introducing Black Manta

Black Manta is the first character to be joining the roster of Injustice 2 from the second fighter pack, and he looks like he’s going to be a great addition. Black Manta is the arch-nemesis of Aquaman, a hero who has been severely lacking the presence of any villains from his own gallery of rogues.

His moveset looks fast and fluid, with his ability to fly and launch projectiles looking especially useful for players. Also, his exit is most certainly the best in the game up to this point.

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.