“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Gabriel Luna on What Ghost Rider Brings to the Show”

“After two years of largely dealing with introducing then exploring the Inhumans, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4 will be delving into a different kind of science with the introduction of Life-Model Decoys and magic as Ghost Rider joins the show. Marvel announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer that Gabriel Luna was cast as Robbie Reyes a.k.a. Ghost Rider, and his signature muscle car was unveiled on the show floor.

In the weeks since the official announcement, the season 4 synopsis teased Ghost Rider as someone who could be a friend or foe to S.H.I.E.L.D. Plus, it seems Robbie will be met early on in the season by Daisy Johnson a.k.a. Quake (Chloe Bennet) as the actress revealed she’s worked with Luna already and we’ve seen here character take on Ghost Rider’s car through set videos. Now, Luna has discussed what he believes his character will bring to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 4.

In an interview with IGN, Luna spoke about his love of the Marvel Comics on which his character is based, and the number of comic runs he read in preparation for the role. According to Luna, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s take on the character of Ghost Rider will attempt to be a fresh spin while still staying true to the “history and mythos” of the comics. He said, “I think Jed and Mo and the writing team has done a really good job of doing that.”

Additionally, the actor explained how Ghost Rider will bring magic to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:

The magical element is new to the world. They’ve always been rooted in a very realistic kind of depiction. Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a bridge between us the audience and the MCU. It’s like Thor’s rainbow bridge. Now you’re incorporating some of these things that they may not understand. It’s a whole new frontier, which is always cool…”

http://screenrant.com/agents-shield-season-4-ghost-rider-gabriel-luna/

“Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration Preview”

“To celebrate a crazy 20 years of Tomb Raider and its iconic heroine Lara Croft, Square Enix is releasing a special edition of the recent Rise of the Tomb Raider exclusively for PS4.

Meet Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration.

The celebratory release includes the original game, that was initially an Xbox One exclusive before arriving on PC and now PS4, all previously released DLC content, a 20 Year Celebration outfit and gun, five classic Lara skins, the Extreme Survivor difficulty for the main campaign and co-op play for Endurance Mode.

But the real appeal for Tomb Raider fans of old like us is the new Blood Ties single-player content that sees you exploring Croft Manor for the first time in this new Tomb Raider timeline. The content sees Lara in her childhood home facing a legal battle for the manor after a letter from her uncle. He believes Lara has “no legal claim to the estate” and it’s up to her to prove him wrong by finding evidence in her parents’ belongings.

Blood Ties offers a glorious remastering of Croft Manor that presents memories of Lara and her father undertaking their first expedition together to the library through the old servant’s quarters. It looks fantastic and it’s eerily creepy in the passages below the house, but there’s a mystery in the reasoning as to why it’s quite so run down and what does lurk in the West Wing – perhaps it’s going to be something like Beauty and the Beast?

The actual content reminds us a lot of the scene in Uncharted 4 where Nathan and Sam Drake are looking for their mother’s diary as children. But as is the Tomb Raider way, there’s plenty of content and mysteries to unlock…”

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/review/a805041/rise-of-the-tomb-raider-20-year-celebration-review/

“‘Game of Thrones’ Alum Jason Momoa in Talks to Star in ‘The Crow'”

“Jason Momoa, the Game of Thrones alum who plays Aquaman in the upcoming DC comics films, is in talks to star in The Crow, Relativity’s reboot of the 1994 cult classic starring Brandon Lee, Mashable has exclusively learned.

Corin Hardy (The Hallow) is set to direct The Crow, which is based on the beloved graphic novel by James O’Barr. Alex Proyas directed the original, which tragically served as Lee’s final film following an accidental shooting on set.

Momoa posted a photo of himself with Hardy several days ago on Instagram with the hashtags #sealthedeal, #greatnewstocome and #dreamjob. The Crow is the only movie that Hardy is known to be currently casting.

Multiple people close to the project confirm to Mashable that Momoa is in talks to play the role, and has figured out a way to work it around his Aquaman duties.

Original producer Ed Pressman is among the producers of the Crow reboot, which is expected to beat Aquaman to theaters. Momoa’s DC superhero was recently introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will have a larger role in Justice League before his standalone film in 2018, which is being directed by James Wan.

Some fanboys may cry foul over Momoa playing two superheroes simultaneously, but the Crow and Aquaman couldn’t be more different — and The Crow will no doubt have a much darker tone than its DC counterpart.

The Crow traditionally follows Eric Draven, who returns from the dead to track down his killers and avenge his murdered fiancé with the help of a mystical bird…”

http://mashable.com/2016/08/10/aquaman-jason-momoa-the-crow-reboot-star-exclusive/

“Marvel’s ‘Runaways’ Gets Hulu Series Order, From ‘Gossip Girl’ Creators”

“The Runaways are making a sprint for Hulu.

Marvel’s comic book series about a disparate group of teenagers who discover that their respective parents are part of a crime organization known as “The Pride” has received a series order at Hulu, our sister site Deadline reports.

Upon realizing that their parents’ annual “charity” gathering is in fact a meeting of nefarious time-travelers, wizards, mad scientists, aliens and mutants, the teens band together to use their own, newly realized powers to vanquish The Pride and fend off any other threats. Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona cocreated the title.

Gossip Girl creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are on board to serve as showrunners.

“We’ve known the Runaways‘ story would make great television,” Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb said in a statement, “and being lucky enough to have Josh and Stephanie — who have time and again created shows that speak so genuinely to this exact audience — write and produce the series is nothing short of remarkable.”

https://www.yahoo.com/tv/marvels-runaways-gets-hulu-series-182326491.html

“Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and the Real Wold Relevance of Luke Cage”

“Since “Daredevil” debuted in spring 2015, Marvel Television‘s multiple series on Netflix have given audiences a different side of the live-action Marvel world — one considerably more grounded and gritty than the globally successful Marvel Studios films.

Though while set in the same New York City neighborhood of Hell Kitchen’s, “Daredevil” is a very different viewing experience than “Jessica Jones” — a trend that will continue as the action moves to Harlem for “Luke Cage,” starring Mike Colter in the title role and with its full first season set to debut Sept. 30 on Netflix.

“I think, very much, as not just the Head of Marvel Television, but also as one of the executive producers of all of the shows, it really is our responsibility — not just to Netflix, but to the audience — to be able to see how rich the Marvel characters are,” Head of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb told CBR in a video interview (watch in full above) last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego. “It really is incumbent on us to make sure each show has a different feeling to it. when we brought in [showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker], one of the things that we talked about was what makes Luke different. there are some obvious differences in the sense that we’re talking about really the first African-American superhero that comes from the street and lives in that world. when we started there, we said, ‘What is that physically going to look like?'”

Loeb stressed the importance of location to not just “Luke Cage,” but all of Marvel’s Netflix series — saying that New York City is the “fifth Defender,” along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.”

“We really looked hard into the practicality of shooting up in Harlem [for ‘Luke Cage,’]” Loeb said. “The people of New York, the mayor of New York, the governor of New York — everybody works towards making that stuff happen. places like the Apollo, places that are so rich in terms of culture, in terms of the ethnic quality, what Cheo and I always refer to as the musicality of that area, is what set the tone…”

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/marvels-jeph-loeb-on-real-world-relevance-of-luke-cage

 

“Here’s What We Learned about ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ from the Explosive New Trailer”

“It’s four months and counting until the new “Star Wars” standalone film “Rogue One” premieres, and the excitement and anxiety aren’t waning — especially not after the new trailer that aired during the Olympics Thursday night.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” takes place in between the events of the third and fourth episodes, “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” It follows a Rebel Alliance mission to steal the plans to the Death Star before the Galactic Empire can use it for evil.

There’s no “Inception”-like horn in the new trailer, but there is plenty of imagery of the Death Star, Jedha (which is like the Mecca for believers of the Force), the modern C-3PO comic-relief droid, battles with blasters, and more.

Oh, and we have the first look at Darth Vader.

“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” hits theaters December 16. In the meantime, theorize with us about what all of these new images from the trailer mean…”

“A Harley Quinn Origin Story Movie Could Be Just What DC Needs”

Suicide Squad might be earning mixed reviews from fans and critics, but that hasn’t stopped audiences from flocking to the movie theaters. And, as with any hit superhero movie, Suicide Squad will probably warrant a sequel, perhaps in the form of a Harley Quinn spinoff. The potential spinoff would reportedly feature Harley Quinn alongside other DC female characters Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Katana, according to The Hollywood Reporter. There’s no question that a movie that would bring Harley Quinn, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Katana (a character tragically underused in Suicide Squad) would be awesome. But DC could make a much stronger film if they made a Harley Quinn origin story movie instead.

Spoilers ahead! For many fans, Harley Quinn was one of the main appeals of Suicide Squad. As a relatively recent addition to the Batman universe, Harley had never before been represented in live action on the big screen, and actor Margot Robbie is somewhat of a Hollywood it-girl at the moment. Harley was one of the first major characters announced as part of the presumed franchise, and was heavily featured in the promotional material, making her, essentially, the belle of the ball. But, sadly, in a cast of roughly nine main/supporting characters, there wasn’t a lot of Harley Quinn character development, and what was shown of her backstory and her character all had to do with her relationship with the Joker.

Harley is one of the most engaging characters in Suicide Squad, but the glossy way the film portrays her love of The Joker and their relationship borders on the inappropriate. Harley isn’t just a woman tortured by love, but someone who is physically tortured by her lover, a fact that is mostly overlooked in the film.  (Yes, he eventually tries to rescue her after her capture, but it hardly seems as though it was a priority.) It’s a terrifying, troubling story, and although it’s often hard to watch, it’s definitely worthy of exploration on-screen…”

http://www.bustle.com/articles/177489-a-harley-quinn-origin-story-movie-could-be-just-what-dc-needs

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