“‘Into the Spider-Verse’ Shows Off Spider-Man’s True Potential”

“Everyone’s favorite wall-crawler has returned to animation, but this time Peter Parker will be sidelined as a new Spider-Man shoots into the spotlight.  Wednesday morning, Sony Animation released the first full trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.  The film, from writer Phil Lord (The Lego Movie), will introduce audiences to Miles Morales on the big screen.

Created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, and introduced in Marvel’s now-defunct Ultimate comics line in 2011, Miles gained global attention and has since been brought into the main Marvel Universe.  The Afro-Latino teenager’s webhead adventures have been well-received in terms of both representation and long-form storytelling, quickly growing him a following.  Many fans of the character were hoping that when Spider-Man was initiated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after Marvel Studios’ deal with Sony, that it would be the Miles Morales version of the character.

Ultimately, Marvel went with Peter Parker (Tom Holland), a decision that has worked very well, while Miles’ existence was hinted at through the brief appearance by his uncle Aaron Davis (Donald Glover) in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming…”



“How James Cameron’s ‘Battle Angel Alita’ Became Robert Rodriguez’s Biggest Movie Yet”

James Cameron is a filmmaker who dreams big. He gave us a new brand of cyborg terror with the iconic Terminator 2. He made history come to towering, tragic life with 11-time Oscar-winner Titanic. And he shattered box office records and took visual effects to a whole new world with Avatar. For nearly two decades, Cameron dreamed of giving this same level of big-budget, boundary-pushing spectacle to Yukito Kishiro‘s magnificent manga Battle Angel Alita. This winter, his dream comes true with Alita: Battle Angel, but with another director at the helm. So how did Robert Rodriguez come to direct Cameron’s long-time passion project?

Nerdist learned all about Alita: Battle Angel‘s winding road to production when we visited its set in Austin, Texas, in March of 2017. There, we spoke with storied producer Jon Landau, who took us on a tour of Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios, including the 100,000 feet of set built to bring Kishiro’s vibrant Iron City to the big screen. As we weaved through busted up bars, colorful streets, and a treasure trove of concept art, Landau gave us the timeline of Alita: Battle Angel.

The original comic ran from December 15, 1990 to April 1, 1995. In 1999, Cameron was “King of the World,” soaring high off the success of Titanic. Thinking big, he secured the rights to adapt Battle Angel Alita and met with Kishiro to discuss its adaptation….”


“Shonda Rhimes Announces Eight New Netflix Original Series”

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“Acclaimed TV producer Shonda Rhimes has eight original Neflix productions in the works. Rhimes, the showrunner who created hit series like How to Get Away With MurderGrey’s Anatomy, and Scandal, left her longtime home at ABC Studios in 2017 and moved her Shondaland production company to Netflix. In return, the TV mogul signed a lucrative nine-figure deal with the streaming giant.

Rhimes’ first original production on Netflix will be based on the life of Anna Sorokin, a 27-year-old socialite who scammed banks, businesses, and her wealthy friends into financing her lavish lifestyle. Sorokin, who went by the alias Anna Delvey, was eventually busted for six counts of grand larceny and theft of services in October of last year. The slate of Shondaland productions also includes a documentary on Debbie Allen’s reimagining of The Nutcracker and a series based on investor and activist Ellen Pao’s memoir adaption.

“I wanted the new Shondaland to be a place where we expand the types of stories we tell, where my fellow talented creatives could thrive and make their best work and where we as a team come to the office each day filled with excitement,” Rhimes said in a statement, reports the L.A. Times. “This is Shondaland 2.0.

According to The L.A. Times, here’s a rundown of each of the projects Rhimes will launch on Netflix…”


“‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ and ‘New Mutants’ Confirmed for 2019 Release”

“In the wake of Disney and Fox shareholders approving their looming acquisitions, superhero fans were perked by the looming possibility of the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Then came a rumor that stated Fox’s upcoming mutant movies were actually being cancelled, leading to more speculation that Marvel Studios was accelerating their own plans.

Well, that rumor is very much false, perpetuated on a message board and then amplified by unsubstantiated sites. ComicBook.com reported that we heard the film was back on, and now we’re getting more proof.

IMAX released their quarterly earnings report which also provides investors with a forecast of what they can expect in the coming year, and in that they released their upcoming slate for 2019. While it should come as no surprise that X-Men: Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants are both included with their respected release dates, it’s only notable given all of the speculation and rumors that have swirled around those films in recent days…”


“‘Aquaman’ Is Shaping Up to Be ‘Game of Thrones’ Underwater”

“Arguably the most anticipated reveal of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the trailer for James Wan’s Aquaman brought a wave of excitement to fans Saturday in Hall H. Warner Bros.’ latest entry in its universe of DC films, now officially referred to as Worlds of DC, finds the studio attempting to turn the tide after last year’s Justice League was met with critical and financial disappointment.

Aquaman sees Jason Momoa reprise the titular role, as he’s forced to contend with his royal legacy and his outsider status. While the character’s pop culture status has made him the butt of jokes over the decades, largely thanks to his rather useless role in the 1970s animated series Super FriendsAquaman looks to pull from the character’s rich comic book history – most notably Geoff Johns’ run on the character in 2011, and make him a power player with popularity akin to Wonder Woman in the eyes of general audience members.

By injecting the same adrenaline rush that has served Wan well in both the realms of horror and action, Aquaman looks like a wholly unique moviegoing experience that may be the latter half of 2018’s biggest event film…”


“Marvel Rising: Initiation Puts Female Heroes In The Spotlight”

Marvel Rising: Initiation is a new animated mini-series that premieres on Disney XD next month, ahead of the full-length animated feature Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors, which arrives in the fall. The show focuses on an all-female team that includes Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, and fans at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend were shown the first four episodes.

The team also includes Quake, Spider-Gwen (aka Ghost-Spider), Patriot, Tippy Toe (Squirrel Girl’s sidekick), and America Chavez. Each episode of Marvel Rising: Initiation is four minutes long, and there are six of them set to air on Disney XD on August 13. Although the show is clearly aimed at a young audience, the new footage that Marvel has tweeted is great fun, and should put the spotlight on some lesser-known Marvel heroes.

Marvel Director of Content Sana Amanat previously spoke about Marvel Rising: Initiation, and she revealed that it was important that the show was inspirational for its audience…”


“‘The Equalizer 2’ Director Antoine Fuqua on Denzel Washington, ‘Miami Vice,’ and More”

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“If we’re lucky, Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington will make Equalizer movies until the end of days. In a sea of +100 million dollar franchises, Fuqua and Washington are making a series unlike any other in major theaters right now. No franchise star today is as hard-hitting, violent, and as well-spoken as Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), whose eloquent threats and promises of vengeance are as crowd-pleasing as his fighting skills.

But don’t call this Equalizer series a franchise or blockbuster to Fuqua, because he’s more interested in telling a good standalone story than making a sequel that’s really just a bit more of the same. Like Washington, Fuqua had opportunities to make prequels and sequels, for both Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen, but they never made sense to him. The world of Robert McCall, on the other hand, was rich enough for the filmmaker to continue to McCall’s journey.

Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with the always passionate Fuqua to discuss The Equalizer 2, working with Denzel Washington for the fourth time, Miami Vice, and even his fond memory of working with Prince…”