Marvel Reveals Movie Release Dates to 2019.
My take: This weekend is going to be owned by Marvel at the San Diego Comic-Con. They have eight slots booked for unknown films through 2019. Kevin Feige says they'll plan to do a new franchise, sequel, new franchise, sequel for this upcoming wave. I would expect Dr. Strange, Avengers 3, Black Widow, Incredible Hulk 2, Iron Man 4(?), and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or possibly even Nova. It's crazy time for us long-time comic book fans!
The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Pushed Back AGAIN.
My take: I'm willing to wait, if they intend on cleaning up the mess they've made of this series. Sinister Six has a 2016 release date, with Spidey pushed until 2018. Ticket sales did drop and critics were harsh, but it doesn't take that long to do some rewrites, does it? I still think it would be win-win-win if Sony let Marvel have Spidey back and just tossed them some cash as hush money every time he got used.
Dwayne Johnson Teases More DC Characters.
My take: There is nothing scarier than hearing how much DC plans to throw at us in the next few years. "The Rock" teased a role in an upcoming Shazam feature soon, which may mean he's in Justice League, which may mean that movie is going to be 15 hours long.
J.J. Abrams Pushes Force for Change with a Big Reveal.
My take: Abrams showed some more practical effects in a big way this week, standing next to a full-sized X-Wing! The short video promoted the Force for Change UNICEF program, which could bag you a set visit, a part in the film, and a prescreening in your hometown for you and 20 friends. Totally worth it in every way. Go to omaze.com/starwars to donate—there's only 2 days left!
Simon Kinberg Doesn't Know How to Make X-Men Crossover with Fantastic Four.
My take: Kinberg said just today that the characters can't exist in the same universe because they've never made reference to each other before. He can only see the franchises crossing each other's paths if there is a dimensional jump introduced somehow. Pardon my French…but what an idiot.
The Flash and Arrow Set to Crossover Mid-Season.
My take: Now that it's been established that the DCTVU and the DCCU will not coexist, it's time to make some big plans. These two big shows will not only share the same universe but will crossover in a big way in the form of mid-season extravaganzas (and possibly cliffhangers).
Batman 1966 DVD Panel at Comic-Con.
My take: On a more (arguably) lackluster year of panels, hype is huge for a show that went off the air 40 years ago! If DC is smart, they'll use the (likely) large crowd to promote some upcoming shows like Arrow, Constantine, and The Flash.
Star Wars Rebels Trailer 2.
My take: This series is going to depend on A) how annoying that little astro droid "Chopper" is and B) how inept they make the Stormtroopers seem. I love the design of the show, which is closer to the original trilogy for this Star Wars purist.
Lucy Lawless Joins Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
My take: She's been playing plenty of less "Xena" or tough-lady roles through the years, and this might be an opportunity to flex her muscles again. I'm not sure who she's playing quite yet, but the stronger actors and bigger names this show gets, the more likely I am to give it a second chance.
FXX to Air 522 Episodes of The Simpsons in a Row.
The network won syndication rights to the show and they'll celebrate on August 21 by airing all 552 episodes of The Simpsons back-to-back. The 24-hour marathon will go until September 2nd and will be the longest marathon in TV history.
How I Met Your Mother DVD Set in September.
My take: I know I'm in the minority here, but I just couldn't get into this show. I gave it a good chance, but I found it too "sitcom"—and this is coming from someone who watches The Big Bang Theory. In any case, the full series, plus the alternate ending, will be available for you in September so you can watch the mystery all over again.
Changes to Marvel's "Big Three."
My take: I'll just cover all three in one paragraph here. Sam Wilson will be the new Captain America, Thor will be a new female character, and Iron Man is about to become an antihero in Superior Iron Man. I'm fine with all of these changes and looking forward to how they play out. Superior Spider-Man was a lot of fun and everyone knows these changes will be temporary as well. As soon as Avengers: Age of Ultron is about to release, Marvel can set all the characters back to normal, put all these books back to #1 and have a sales bonanza.
Batman's 75th Birthday!
My take: If you didn't know it was Batman's 75th anniversary, you must not have gone onto Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram today. There are contests all over the place if you wanted to win some stuff.
Hulk to be Smart Again.
My take: If you've been reading comic books as long as I have, you still remember "Smart Hulk." It was a combination of Bruce Banner, Green Hulk, and Grey Hulk having all agreed to occupy one body and stop fighting (yes, seriously).
Disney Infinity Going Marvel Bonkers.
My take: This game I just found out about is blowing my mind. The little figures that go with this series are absolutely adorable and have me ready to buy a PS4 this Fall to get the full Avengers team.