After taking a year off, Marvel returned to Hall H to unveil its plans for MCU Phase 4, which includes 10 projects — five movies and five Disney Plus series — from Black Widow on May 2020 through Thor: Love and Thunder, which will reintroduce Natlie Portman as female Thor November 2021. The presentation started with The Eternals, which brings Angelina Jolie into the MCU family, and ended with a tease for post-phase 4, with Mahershala Ali announced as Blade. Last time the studio showed up in 2017, they teased Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War. Here’s everything that happened at the Marvel Hall H panel for Comic-Con 2019. … [Read more...] about Marvel reveals MCU’s future at Comic-Con 2019
Marvel Studios finally unveiled the first details of Scarlett Johansson’s stand-alone Black Widow movie at the studio’s Hall H panel during 2019 San Diego Comic-Con. And even though the crew has only been filming for 30 days, Marvel was still able to reveal the film’s villain in a teaser trailer full of brutal fight choreography. Black Widow will be facing off against the Taskmaster. Taskmaster was co-created by legendary artist George Pérez and David Michelinie (Michelinie also co-created Venom, Scot Lang, and James “Rhodey” Rhodes), and he first appeared in the pages of 1980’s The Avengers #196. The story was called “The Terrible Toll of the Taskmaster.” That’s not important, it’s just great alliteration. In the Hall H exclusive trailer, Taskmaster appeared on a bridge at the very end, as Black Widow stepped out of her wrecked car to face him. His movie design favors muted reds and blues, and a chromed mask that … [Read more...] about Who is Taskmaster, the villain of Black Widow?
If you, like me, are perpetually in mourning that nobody watches the best superhero show on TV because they have to get a new streaming service to watch it — rejoice. Doom Patrol will soon be available on the recently announced HBO Max — and it’s getting a second season. Currently available only through the DC Universe’s subscription service, Doom Patrol is based on the surreal comic of the same name, with a cast that includes Timothy Dalton, Alan Tudyk, Brendan Fraser, Diane Guerroro, and Matt Bomer. And though it’s pretty obscure, that didn’t stop it from making our Best TV of 2019 So Far list. Guerrero and Doom Patrol’s executive producer, Jeremy Carver, announced the partnership and renewal at the DC Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The second season will be produced via a deal with HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s upcoming subscription streaming service. Season 2 episodes will premiere simultaneously on both services. All 15 … [Read more...] about HBO and DC Universe to partner for Doom Patrol season 2
Natalie Portman is worthy. After ducking out of the MCU for the third Thor film, Thor: Ragnarok, Portman will join Chris Hemsworth and return to the franchise under the direction of Taika Waititi in Thor: Love and Thunder. The film will pull directly from Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor run in the comics, which introduced readers to a female Thor. He revealed his vision for doing just that on screen by having Portman walk out on stage holding Mjolner. Little else is known about the direction of Thor: Love and Thunder — considering Thor was on his way to party with the Guardians of the Galaxy at the end of Avengers: Endgame, there’s some plot holes that’ll need to be filled before it all makes sense. But Tessa Thompson was also on hand at the panel to explain what Valkyrie might be up to now that she’s running New Asgard. “First she needs to find her queen,” Thompson said with a smile. The announcement was the pure Marvel circus act, complete … [Read more...] about Natalie Portman is female Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder
Amid all the brand installations, lines for exclusive swag, and big corporate Hall H panels, it can be easy to forget that San Diego Comic-Con is about comics. Not the movies and TV made out of them, or even the podcasts; the stories that are made out of text and images, presented sequentially. The crown jewel of Comic-Con’s beating comic book heart is the Eisner Award Ceremony. The awards are named in honor of pioneering cartoonist Will Eisner, who is most famous for creating The Spirit and popularizing the now ubiquitous term “graphic novel,” but who was also one of the first American cartoonists to take up the task of studying comics language with an eye for teaching it. Every year, on the Friday night of San Diego Comic-Con, the Eisners honor the best in American comics, cartooning, and comics-related publishing. Here are this year’s winners, among the best comics and creators of 2019. Best Short Story Winner: “Get Naked in Barcelona,” by … [Read more...] about Here are all the Eisner-winning comics and creators of 2019