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Marvel Studios’ successes with its cinematic universe started a race of sorts for every studio to develop its own insular series of various movies that all take place in the same world. Warner Bros. had things easy with its stable of DC Comics characters, but others like Paramount and Universal had things tougher. The former decided to turn its lucrative Transformers series into a universe with the various spin-offs, and the latter decided to take its stable of monsters and turn that into an expansive film universe. But we’ve seen the results of that now, and some key players are starting to have second thoughts.  (more…)

Marvel and Netflix To Up Their TV Game In 2017

Marvel’s cinematic universe has an angsty, brooding cousin on television. While the MCU flits about with interdimensional beings, ancient gods and big green men in torn shorts, the TV world of Marvel prefers to hang around in dark alleys, flipping coins and biting toothpicks. With the arrival of The Defenders later this month, Marvel will tie some of its most compelling on-screen characters together into a single storyline, and truly establish its TV output as a universe in its own right. However, might they have bitten off more than they can chew? (more…)

Last week on Game of Thrones, Danny finally got dealt her first taste of defeat. Her allies, the Greyjoy siblings, as well as the San Snakes of Dorne, suffered a sneak attack at the hands of Euron’s crazy self. This caused the kidnapping of Dorne’s queen Ellaria and her only living daughter Tyene to be Euron’s gift Cersei. Sam played the most ruthless game of “Operation” as he attempted to heal Jorah from his Gray Scale, while Arya also reunited with her long lost direwolf Nymeria while en route North to unite with Sansa and Jon. Of course, Jon decided to head south to meet Daenerys to cop a plea for an alliance against Sansa’s wishes (will all the Stark kids ever officially reunite?), but he overruled her and made her the temporary Queen of the North in his place. With all sorts of pieces in motion, how did this week of Game of Thrones end up?

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Throughout this run of Twin Peaks it’s seemed as though its creators have enjoyed a glacial pace of storytelling, characters and plots are introduced, and sometimes they’re followed up on immediately, and sometimes they’re forgotten for entire stretches of episodes. By comparison, the twelfth episode of the series was positively A.D.D. There were some parts where David Lynch‘s tendencies to draw out a scene for all the ticks and awkward looks and pauses was still intact, but for the most part, Lynch rolled us through one scene after another, and in the process brought back an old face who’s long been amiss.  (more…)

While the world eagerly anticipates the arrival of Stranger Things’ second season this October, its creators are already thinking about the show’s climax. The Netflix original series defied the odds, and swiftly becoming one of the most talked about shows of the year despite the fact it doesn’t rely on a plethora of Hollywood stars or aggressive marketing campaigns. Instead, Stranger Things charmed and terrified its audiences in equal measure, combining strong characterisation and visceral horror with a liberal dose of 80s nostalgia. At this year’s Comic Con, the series’ creators and executive producers Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer, and Shawn Levy gave some hints as to how they see the series panning out. (more…)

The king of prime-time animation himself, Matt Groening, is moving forward with Disenchantment, his long-gestating animated comedy fantasy series with Netflix. The break from Fox could have something to do with the manner in which the studio treated his second hit animated series, Futurama, but either way, Groening, and Netflix are proceeding with a 20-episode order and we even have some casting news to announce.

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In Twin Peaks, even an innocent looking game of catch among the boys is the set-up for something horrid, and so it was in the Fat Trout Trailer Park, a wretched hive of scum and villainy despite the fact that it’s managed by the good natured Carl, who can summon VW vans with a flute. There were some unexpected developments on the show this week, and some naturally expected weirdness. There was also some truly horrific and/or tense moments, and to balance that out, the further adventures of Dougie Jones through the Las Vegas underworld bore unexpected comedy, and cherry pie. (more…)

Last week marked the beginning of the end of Game of Thrones as all the pieces are moving into place. Cersei is shoring up alliances as she knows Daenerys will be coming for the throne. That means partnering with Euron Greyjoy and his massive fleet. After trying his best to insult Jamie, Euron promises a gift for the queen worthy of marriage. Arya is continuing her quest for vengeance, having taken out all the Freys. Jon finds out that his own sister might be a thorn in his side as King of the North. Sam learns the hard end of trying to become a master in The Citadel, cleaning up a lot of crap and the others not hearing him out on things. Of course, Daenerys finally lands at her ancestral home. Once again, the throne is up for grabs to whoever plays this game the best! So how did this week go?

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Doctor Who 2017 Christmas Special TrailerAs Peter Capaldi‘s 12th Doctor prepares for his swan song in this years Christmas Special, Twice Upon a Time, he was nice enough to stop by Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, bringing a long a few friends for their final Doctor Who SDCC appearances. Outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat and now former companion (who confirmed that Bill will make a return in the special,) Pearl Mackie with both on hand as well.

And while filming had just completed on the special, that Moffat summarized as both the first and twelfth Doctor srefusing to regenerate and going on an adventure with Mark Gatiss (who was also in attendance,) they did show the trailer for it that you can watch below: (more…)