Marvel made several announcements at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend regarding the next phase of things. Obviously, Spider-man will continue to swing around the MCU, but we’re also getting the Black Widow movie (May 1, 2020), an unidentified movie later in fall, The Eternals (November 2020) Shang-chi (Feb. 12, 2021), with the actual ringed Mandarin opposing Canadian actor Simu Liu as the Master of Kung-Fu (February 2021), the next Doctor Strange film (May 2021), a new Thor film (November 2021) that will reportedly feature Natalie Portman rejoining Chris Helmsworth to become the female Thor, and the previously announced Scarlet Witch/Vision, Falcon/Winter Soldier, and Loki series all appearing in 2021.
They’ve also confirmed we’ll see a new Blade, sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy, and an MCU Fantastic Four. They just don’t have dates yet for these blockbusters.
One of the greatest graphic series of all time, Neil Gaiman’s game-changing Sandman, finally, reportedly will receive a live adaptation. It will appear, curiously, on Netflix, and not DC’s own streaming service, and they project it will be the most expensive show DC Entertainment has ever produced.
So will it finally happen? Will it work? And who would make your dream cast?
A bit of a retro-review here, tying into the recent Dorky/Geeky/Nerdy Podcast:
DC has certainly tried to profit from the Hanna-Barbera characters, though only Scooby-Doo retains cultural cachet. One of the more interesting results: a GLAAD Media Award-winning limited series/graphic novel from 2018 that reinvents Snagglepuss as a closeted gay playwright1 fighting conformity in an alternate 1950s2 America where anthropomorphic animals and humans co-exist. The Puss proves the darling of talk shows, makes the social scene with his beard wife, hangs with fellow author Huckleberry Hound, mentors Augie Doggie, runs cover for Marilyn Monroe, testifies before the House Un-American Activities Committee– and slips away to see his human paramour at the Stonewall Inn.
No, I am not hallucinating. This 2018 graphic is an actual thing, and it’s surprisingly good.
Dark Horse had a long run with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and related titles, which continued the characters’ adventures after the show’s end. Boom! now owns the rights, and they’ve taken their own, comic-appropriate approach to the Slayer:
Luke Cage. Iron Fist and Daredevil have been cancelled, despite the huge success of the most recent DD season. Jessica Jones and The Punisher likely have one more go-round, if only because they’re already in production.
However, Daredevil (and the others?) “will live on in future projects for Marvel,” according to a spokesperson.
Disney’s own streaming service will be continuing Marvel-Television, with its Scarlet Witch and Vision series, and a Loki series, both announced back in September.
Will Disney’s move mean greater interplay between Marvel’s movie and TV characters?
We are entering a golden age of comics on TV, maybe not due to quality, but definitely due to quantity. Supergirl gets a new villain of the week, Arrow continues his Heroes in Prison story, Constantine joins the Legends (Yeah!!), The Flash threatens to kill a favorite character, Black Lightning lets his daughters do the heroing, and Titans gives us some backstory. The Gifted took the week off (presumably because they’re behind on watching Daredevil, too,) and Riverdale trends towards more Halloween horror in order to make its sister show, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, feel welcome when it drops on the 26th.
[All synopses (and titles) from Trakt.tv below the cut. (If a show’s synopsis is a spoiler to you, do not click More…)]