Independence Day 2: Resurgence

20th Century Fox announced today that the official title of Independence Day 2 is Independence Day Resurgence. This announcement came from a live Q&A with the cast and filmmakers including executive producer and director Roland Emmerich and a plethora of actors including Jeff Goldblum, Liam Hemsworth, Brent Spiner, Judd Hirsch, Sela Ward and Vivica Fox.

Independence Day Resurgence synopsis:

Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defense program to protect the planet. But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force. Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

The Q&A also revealed some awesome new technology that will be used in the film including this cool device called a “Moon Tug”:

The cast also shared some small details about their characters, including Jeff Goldblum and Brent Spiner. David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is now the director of the Earth Space Defense Program. Dr. Brakish Okun (Brent Spiner), who died in the first Independence Day, is back for the sequel. Spiner did not expound on the details of his resurrection. While Liam Hemsworth, Sela Ward and Maika Monroe are playing new characters, Vivica Fox, Judd Hirsch and Bill Pullman will all be reprising their roles from the original film.

Independence Day Resurgence hits theaters on June 24 2016.

Ron Perlman Wants Hellboy 3 To Happen, And You Should Too

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There’s few things as adorable and awesome as an actor who is dedicated to the fandom they’ve headlined. Case in point is the big man himself, Ron Perlman. Fresh off of being fantastic in Sons of Anarchy, Perlman took to social media earlier this month to drum up support to get the third installment of the Hellboy franchise made.

Hellboy began life as a revolutionary comic by artist/writer Mike Mignola back in 1993. The story of the baby demon raised as a paranormal hunter has since become one of the most well-known properties published by Dark Horse Comics and spawned multiple other comic lines, like B.P.R.D and Lobster Johnson. Perlman donned the Red Right Hand of the devil in the big trench coat twice, once for Hellboy in 2004 and for Hellboy II: The Golden Army in 2008. After the second film underperformed at the box office, the franchise’s producers Universal seemed to scrap the idea of another Hellboy film, even though the second film set them up perfectly for a trilogy. Director Guillermo Del Toro went on

Still, Perlman hasn’t been deterred. Recently, while doing a Reddit AMA to promote his upcoming book Easy Street (The Hard Way): A Memoir, Perlman was asked about the status of Hellboy 3 and expressed his enthusiasm in a big way. “It’s definitely a part of the conversation that I have with Guillermo every time I see him,” wrote Perlman. “I, for one, would love to see how the Trilogy resolves itself. And I will fight for Hellboy 3 as long as my cold dead hands are not cold and dead.”

That’s some passionate words from an actor who’s been at the heart of countless fandoms since the 1980’s. What’s the most exciting about this push by Perlman, and the reason fans really ought to take notice, is that it signals an actor taking personal interest and responsibility for rallying the fanbase to a cause. While many beloved actors have used their celebrity to energize their fanbase to support worthy causes (for example: Misha Collins and Jared Padalecki from Supernatural, or Stephen Amell from Arrow), Perlman’s outreach to Hellboy fans points to a trend of creative professionals leading fans on the charge to complete projects outside of the studio system.

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Perlman’s enthusiasm has certainly garnered attention. Stan Lee’s website and Facebook page voiced support, promoting the charge to get the Hellboy film funded. With the success of crowdfunding fan favorites like the Veronica Mars film, it’s been suggested that Perlman and Del Toro turn to something like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo to raise the funds they need. Meanwhile, fans have been encouraged to support Del Toro’s other projects, so he might have the money and the studio support when the time comes to bring up the Hellboy franchise once more. The director has had trouble in the past raising capital for passion projects, such as his take on H.P. Lovecraft’s In The Mountains of Madness, which has been in production hell for years.

Hellboy 3 certainly hasn’t been announced yet. But have faith: an IMDB entry for the film appeared back in January of this year. With Del Toro’s upcoming gothic horror Crimson Peak with Tom Hiddleston looking to hit huge in October 2015 and Pacific Rim 2 already scheduled for 2017, fans can come together to show the director some love. Maybe that, plus Perlman’s enthusiasm, will be just what we need to see Red back on screen once more.

Jurassic World shatters Marvel’s box office record

It’s well known that The Avengers holds the biggest domestic opening weekend in history with $207.4 million. They have held this record since 2012 and no one has ever come close, until now. Jurassic World dominated the box office this weekend, shattering both global and domestic records. Entertainment Weekly reported that as of Monday June 15th, Jurassic World has grossed $208.8 million! That beats out The Avengers previously held record by just $1.4 million!

Everyone expected the film to do well, but I don’t think anyone expected it to do this well. Marvel films are notorious for setting unbreakable box office records. Three Marvel films held the top domestic opening weekend record: The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3. Now the Jurassic Park franchise can say that they beat the unbeatable and that they now hold the record for biggest opening weekend in history!

So, how did they do it? I think they had a few strengths in their favor: It’s the forth installment in a billion dollar franchise. It’s about a genetically modified super dinosaur called the ‘Indominus Rex’. It takes place not on Isla Sorna, like Jurassic 2 and 3, but on Isla Nublar, the original island from Jurassic Park. It takes place on the same site as the original park, now renamed Jurassic World, and it features Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Star Lord himself, Chris Pratt. If all these things combined with a global marketing campaign, a June release date, and the backing of Steven Speilberg himself, it’s quite clear why this film did so well. Marvel’s president Kevin Feige even tweeted out a poster in congratulations to the cast and producers.

At least Marvel studios has a sense of humor after losing it’s top spot 😉 

Have you seen Jurassic World? Does it deserve the hype? Let us know in the comments below!

10 Reasons The All-New Marvel Universe Is Brilliant

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Spider-Man. Captain America. The Avengers. Guardians of the Galaxy.

Marvel Comics has experienced an unprecedented renaissance in recent years, in no small part to the monumental success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Brand new fans have come streaming into comic book stores and have joined long-time fans in enjoying new takes on some fantastic characters. Yet one major criticism of Marvel comics is the decades of history and baggage that come with picking up a long-lived title. Well Marvel decided to address that problem recently… by ending the Marvel Universe.

No, they haven’t destroyed all our favorite characters. Not exactly. Instead, Marvel Comics is helming a new event called Secret War that effects every title and every character in the Marvel Universe. And on the other side of this event is an All- New Marvel Universe, waiting to be born.

The Set-Up: Secret Wars and Battleworld

The lead-up to this new All-New Marvel Universe started months ago when heroes like Iron Man and Captain America began to see cracks in the universe occurring. The main Marvel Universe that hosts most of their comics is known to fans as Universe 616, with an infinite number of universes out there. Those universes began to wink out one by one, until only two were left: Universe 616 Universe 1610, host to the Ultimate Marvel Comics line. These two universes crashed together in a cataclysmic event that effectively ended reality. But wait, there’s hope! Doctor Doom managed to take the reins of what was left and became, no joke, a god to reshape reality and save what people he could. He rescued pieces of alternate realities that were going to be destroyed as well, and forged all of them into a single reality and a single Earth: Battleworld. So began the Secret Wars.

The Secret Wars are still going on with every Marvel comic line reimagined as part of this new Battleworld. What’s more, popular alternate reality worlds and old storylines are being revisited thanks to Battleworld. Ever wondered what the world would look like if the X-Men failed to stop the Sentinels from taking over in Days of the Future Past? Or what would happen if the Marvel Zombies universe (which sounds exactly like what it sounds like) existed on Earth behind a GoT-like giant wall called (wait for it) The Shield? How about Captain America riding on a giant red T-Rex called the Devil. Yup, we got that too. Welcome to Battleworld, where anything is possible.

Of course none of this is going to last. Battleworld will re-solidify into one cohesive reality at the end of this storyline, bringing together popular characters who have long since lived outside of the mainstream Marvel Universe with old favorites from Universe 616.

So what do we have to look forward to in the All-New Marvel post-Secret Wars? Here’s the Top 10 best things to look forward to coming up in Fall 2015, with hints from some press-release images from Marvel.

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#10 Honoring The Legacy While Revolutionizing For The Future

It’s not easy to make fans happy when you announce that you’re wiping out the Marvel Universe, only to resurrect it once more. Fans have gotten weary of the countless reboots that shake up comics, only to be undone years later. The Secret Wars however is the perfect way to tie all the convoluted threads together into one cohesive universe, sampling the best from all places, while testing out new ideas.

Take for example the inclusion above of both the elder Steve Rogers in his Captain America costume along with the new Captain America, Sam Wilson (previously the Falcon). This inclusion of both signals that Marvel’s aiming to keep the good old days while shaking things up.

That brings us to…

9 Old Favorites Are Back!

The promo images don’t pull any punches – this is the Marvel we all know and love. Iron Man is front and center, with plenty of the stars and stripes of Captain America. Fresh off his debut in Age of Ultron we see Vision, and there’s plenty of Spider-goodness all over the promos. Conspicuously underplayed are the X-Men and most mutants outside of Wolverine (see promo below), but it’s clear that Marvel isn’t out to forget where they’ve come from. In fact, they seem deeply rooted in the recent changes and new characters that have been so successful. Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel is front and center, as is Lady Thor, both of whom have had glorious success as headliners in their own comics lately.

So who else do we have to look forward to seeing?

8 Welcome To The Mainstream, Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen

Two of the most popular alternate reality characters have been the Ultimate Universe Spider-man, Miles Morales, and Spider-Gwen. Miles Morales became Spider-man after the Peter Parker of the Ultimates comics was killed. While plenty of fans were skeptical, overall Morales was considered wasted on the alternate Marvel universe. The same could be said for Spider-Gwen, an alternate reality Gwen Stacy who was bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker.

Both were limited in their reach by being isolated out of the mainstream before, but now the creation of Battleworld has given them a second chance. Each character has a huge following. Fans lobbied for Morales to be the Spider-man included in the upcoming Avengers films, while Spider-Gwen hit the top of the charts as the highest selling Marvel comic this May. Now they’ll get the chance to interact with the mainstream in a big way. For example, we know what Miles will be doing, because…

ANAD-Avengers.07 The All-New Avengers Is Shaking Things Up

One of the biggest teasers for the All-New Marvel Universe was the cover of the All-New Avengers, and with good reason. The Vision may just be the only original Avengers character on the new squad. New Captain America is front and center with Lady Thor calling down the lightning, and there’s talk that the Iron Man inside the suit isn’t Tony Stark, but perhaps Pepper Potts herself.

But it’s the three at the bottom that really make things exciting. We first have the space-hero Nova flying the Avengers colors, and one can only hope this Nova is the young Sam Alexander. That’ll make him one of three young New Avengers, because that’s Miles Morales front and center alongside Ms. Marvel! The mix of new blood plus a fantastically diversified roster (if that’s Pepper Potts, we’re looking at three women on the team!) makes the new Avengers line-up a breath of fresh air for the classic team.

And speaking of breaths of fresh air…

6 Welcome Back Wolverines

Ask any comic book fan for the last few years who the most overused character was for a while in Marvel comics, and the answer would probably come back Wolverine. For a while, Wolverine was on the Avengers, in multiple X-Men titles, as well as his own. He’d pop up just about anywhere. So it might have been some Wolverine burn-out that lead to his death in the Marvel 616 universe at the end of 2014. But now it looks as though someone else has picked up the yellow and blue costume: Wolverine’s clone, X-23! Still, don’t count Logan out yet, because look who’s standing beside her in the promo images. It seems Old Man Logan, the Wolverine from a dark alternative future, will be joining us in the mainstream, so we get the best of both worlds.

On the subject of multiple worlds…

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5 Is That Agent Coulson?

Why yes, it is! Marvel had debuted an Agents of SHIELD comic before the Battleworld shake-up, but it’s no secret that some of the comic characters were morphing to become more like their Cinematic Universe counterparts (like how Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch all of a sudden were revealed not to be mutants in the comics after all, much like in the movie). Still, if the above promo images are to be believed, some other characters might get a make-over. Does that Daredevil suit put to mind the character in the Netflix TV series more than the red-suited Man Without Fear? And what about The Thing in his black and red suit? And there’s Ant-Man down in front. With this reshuffle, there’s a real chance to set up characters to flow more seamlessly alongside their movie counterparts, which can bring a whole new crop of movie fans into reading comics. Who knows, maybe we’ll see the Sam L. Jackson looking Nick Fury from the Ultimate universe as our new Nick Fury.

Either way, it really seems as though…

4 The Repercussions of Battleworld Have Consequences

The promos above indicate that the effects of Battleworld aren’t just going to go away or be forgotten. The end of Secret Wars will presumably mean the end of Doctor Doom as, y’know, god of reality. On Battleworld he’s married to Sue Storm, sits on an Iron Throne-like World Tree chair, and basically is omnipotent. So what happens to Doom at the end of it all? That guy down in front in the raggedy green hoodie looks awful like a perhaps younger Doom (UPDATE: Marvel announced this is actually a moody looking Karnak).  That brings up a good question about how much people will remember about the previous world, and what they’ve left behind and lost, heroes and villains all.

And while we’re on the subject of bad guys…

3 Justice, Like Lightning…

The red-white-and-blue wearing man in the second promo image down front is none other than the hero known as Citizen V. Citizen V was the leader of a team known as the Thunderbolts, a team of villains brought together by V (secretly Baron Zemo) that pretended to be good guys and ultimately reformed. The Thunderbolts was a popular comic and went through many incarnations, but that original Thunderbolts team left a lasting impression on fans. Does the appearance of Citizen V signal a return of the Thunderbolts? And if so, who’s on the team? And if the Thunderbolts can come back, then who else? The Defenders?

We can’t know until they announce the new comics line-up, but one thing is for certain…

2 Women of The Marvel Universe Are Leading In A Big Way

AFORCE-1Lady Thor. Captain Marvel. Ms. Marvel. Spider-Woman. Storm. Spider-Gwen. Angela. Black Widow. The list of Marvel women characters who have been leaving their mark over the last year goes on and on.

For months, solo titles featuring these characters have been at the top of the sales charts, and it seems that hasn’t gone unnoticed. Women characters have been given more character driven, well-written stories. Costumes have been redesigned to give them more practical yet stylish looks. Secret Wars continued highlighting women characters with titles like A-Force, which follows the all-woman team of heroes lead by She-Hulk. Now the shake-up gives creators a chance to double down and continue this amazing era for gender diversity in their Marvel roster.

No matter what we see though, there’s one last important point…

1 All-New Marvel Is A Perfect Entry Point For Fans

Secret Wars lets fans experience some serious nostalgia for great storylines gone by, and then cleans the slate for everything to begin anew. This All-New Marvel is the result, a new universe seems poised to be the perfect place for fans to easily get into Marvel comics. Moreover, it sits at a wonderful crossroads between honoring the classic comics beloved by so many and revolutionizing towards fresh innovation. That blank slate lets fans new and old come together and start again in the same place, no matter where they began in their love for Marvel.

There may be a lot of unanswered questions about the new Marvel universe (for one thing, where are all the mutants in the promos?!) but one thing is for certain: this new Marvel Universe has the opportunity to bring the passion for it’s movies and television and comics new and old together in a big way. We’ll be keeping an eye on updates about the all-new universe, set to debut this fall.

Sound off, Marvel fans: what are you most excited about in this All-New Marvel universe?

 

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst Trailer

I remember playing through the first Mirror’s Edge and being absolutely spell bound. The story and game-play were top notch but for me it was all about the styling. The bright colors, bold red and futuristic whitewashed landscape pulled me in deep. I was hooked. I actually cared about the main character, Faith Connors. Seeing her in this new footage is like seeing an old friend. I can’t wait to get lost in this game again. The game world is so different from what anyone else is doing, it was refreshing in the first release, from the footage it will not disappoint in Catalyst.

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is being released as a prequel to the 2008’s Mirror’s Edge. It will be released for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC on February 23, 2016. Watch the trailer below.

 

Top 5 Panels at SDCC 2015

We are now less than 30 days away from the world’s biggest comic book, television and movie event of the year! What is this famed event? None other than comic book heaven on earth – San Diego Comic Con! Every year over 150,000 fan boys and fan girls, actors, exhibitors and comic book artists converge on downtown San Diego for five days of bliss and mayhem. Over those five days new movies will be announced, actors will be cast in roles that could define their careers, fans get to interact with their favorite show runners and casts, autographs are signed, comic sketches are drawn, toys are hoarded and everyone pretty much has the best sleep-deprived week of their lives!

If you are attending SDCC for the first time or you are a seasoned con veteran, you’re probably wondering what the big panels will be this year. We know that Marvel is skipping their big movie panel this year, so no Cap 3 Civil War cast for us… but who else is coming?

This week studios finally began announcing their movie and television panel line up for SDCC 2015. Based on the panel information so far, these are my top five panel suggestions and predictions for 2015:

Top 5 Panels at SDCC 2015

1. Star Wars The Force Awakens
Friday July 10 Hall H

Lucasfilm president and producer Kathleen Kennedy, director J.J. Abrams, writer Lawrence Kasdan, and special guests will preview a special look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you can brave the crowds and the sidewalk overnight, you will have the biggest bragging rights in the world! If they show an exclusive clip that is not released to the public, you will join the ranks of the select few who have seen footage of a film that will no doubt be the biggest film of the year, if not the decade!

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2. WB & DC TV Superhero Saturday Night
Saturday July 11 Hall H 8pm-11pm

DC TV/Warner Brothers is back for a Saturday night Hall H takeover! Last year they rolled out the entire cast of Arrow, Gotham, The Flash and Constantine. They gave out awesome swag bags filled with tee shirts, comics, pop corn, buttons and water. They showed the entire pilots of both The Flash and Constantine, and they introduced Arrow‘s season three villain, Ra’s al Ghul (I still get goosebumps when I think about it!)

This year they are bringing back the casts of Arrow, Gotham and The Flash, as well as the casts of new shows Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow! They will be screening the Supergirl pilot in its entirety and bringing footage of Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. Can you imagine how many people are going to be on that Hall H stage this year? Don’t miss it if you’re a fan of these awesome superhero shows shows!

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3. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2
Thursday July 9 Hall H 12pm

Lionsgate is bringing Katniss Everdeen back to Comic Con! You don’t want to miss their exclusive footage of the final Hunger Games film or the Q&A with the cast. They haven’t announced who will be attending yet, but my money is on Jennifer Lawrence (who will be here for X-Men Apocalypse), Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer and Gwendoline Christie (who will be here for Game of Thrones and The Force Awakens). This is the final installment of The Hunger Games Trilogy, so you know they will be bringing something special to Hall H this year.

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4. Doctor Who
Thursday July 9 Hall H

SDCC Whovians were sadly left without a panel at last year’s Comic Con because the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi and his ‘impossible girl’ companion Jenna Coleman were on a worldwide press tour. This year they are back! Peter and Jenna are both expected to attend the panel, along with show runner Steven Moffat. They will also be screening footage of season nine, and possibly announcing a premier date!

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5. 20th Century FoxPOSSIBLE PANEL
Saturday July 11 Hall H

If 20th Century Fox brings any of these films to Comic Con this year, they will fill Marvel’s gap and rule Hall H on Saturday. While the studio has not announced their plans for Comic Con yet, you can be sure they will be making a historical presentation in Hall H. Two years ago they brought the entire cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which merged both casts of the original franchise and the prequels. It was incredible. Now that Bryan Singer has announced that X-Men Apocalypse will be his final X-Men film, you can be sure he will be promoting it at SDCC and showing footage along with the cast (possibly) Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaac, Channing Tatum, Alexandra Shipp, Olivia Munn, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Amanda Condor, and Tye Sheridan.

Also likely to appear is Ryan Reynolds to promote Deadpool and possibly share some exclusive footage! 20th Century could also bring Fantastic 4, Hitman 47, The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, Victor Frankenstein and The Martian, but no official announcements have been made.

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What do you think? Will Star Wars rule Comic Con this year or will the X-Men? What about Warner Brothers? Will the Batman v Superman panel out blast everyone? Will WB unveil the entire Justice League and Suicide Squad this year? Let me know your SDCC panel predictions in the comments below!

San Diego Comic Con runs from July 9 – July 12 2015.