Comic Con is often remembered for the big panels in Hall H, the massive studio presence by companies like Marvel, and the fans. When Marvel announced they would not have the usual massive presence many worried that the behemoth that is SDCC might be slowing down in its old age (next year the con turns 50). Nothing could have been further from the truth.
Along with news of tentpole films like Aquaman, WonderWoman84, and Godzilla King of Monsters there were also a lot of great new trailers for shows like Doctor Who, Star Trek: Discovery, and the Walking Dead franchise.
Sometimes those big reveals overshadow some other shows worthy of attention.
Here are a just a few of the TV trailers that premiered over the weekend.
FOX has accepted a $71.3 billion bid from Disney, which tops Comcast’s previous offer of $65 billion. Disney went all in to ensure Comcast didn’t steal FOX’s assets out from under them, including Marvel assets like The X-Men and Fantastic Four.
That easily trumps Comcast’s all-cash offer made on June 13th. The new Disney-FOX deal is reportedly worth $38 per share in cash and stock.
The beginning of May gave us some heart-wrenching news. Some of our favorite shows faced cancellation, some of which had been written into cliffhangers or were going to leave story lines left unresolved. But like winged angels from on-high, three networks swooped in and saved three shows and left fans rejoicing and singing their praises. But that’s only part of the story. Fans and crew alike took to social media to campaign for the survival of their shows. Which shows found their second chance?
It was in October of 2016 that a report surfaced that AT&T was attempting to acquire Time Warner. The deal would give AT&T significant holdings in the media industry. The following February Time Warner shareholders approved the merger. This was quickly followed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai refusing to review the deal. That left it in the hands of the Justice Department. Every other country involved has since approved the merger. It was only the U.S. that kept it from being final.
President Trump’s Justice Department filed an anti-trust lawsuit last year in November. That pushed the merger deadline till the 21st of this month. Today a judge stepped into the fray and approved the merger.
Fans rejoiced when they thought the X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and other FOX owned properties would soon be under the same roof as Iron Man, Captain America, and Thanos. The idea that all there could be new team-ups or even good versions of some of those properties is now in jeopardy.
It’s been a little over a year since the last time the silver screen was graced with the likes of Professor X, Jean Grey, and Cyclops, but we won’t have to wait (too) long for another foray into Fox‘s X-Men Universe because the next big picture: X-Men: New Mutants. The X-Men spinoff will introduce a number of new characters into the X-Universe, and although the plot has yet to be detailed. We know when it’s premiering, but until today, we didn’t have any idea when production would actually begin. According to a recent Tweet, the movie begins filming tomorrow!
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has been one of the most successful franchises in recent history. Starting with Iron Man way back in 2008, the MCU had continued to grow to help birth the current age of superhero films. Sure, we love the characters and their heroics, but the MCU films also have had a wide reach with their audience. That is mostly due to the fact that all MCU films have had the family-friendly PG-13 Rating. While the Netflix Marvel Television shows have toes the line with Luke Cage and Jessica Jones doing the nasty and the constant barrage of the N-word on Luke Cage, they are still relatively tame compared to anything Tarantino would ever put out. Marvel Studios has played it safe with their 15 films by having them all be PG-13.
A lone starship venturing out into the final frontier, her crew bedecked in brightly coloured uniforms. A menagerie of humans and aliens, the best a collective civilized worlds has to offer on a voyage of discovery and adventure.
Now with toilet jokes!
Yes, while Star Trek Discovery is still MIA, sophomore humor specialist and huge Star Trek nerd, Seth MacFarlane‘s dropped the trailer for The Orville, a one-hour sci-fi comedy about the trials and tribulations of a second rate crew trying to forge their destiny among the star, maybe. (more…)
The success of Legion on FX proves that there’s a place for mutants on our TV screens when done right. So will The Gifted do it right? The last time Fox tried an X-Men–based TV show, it was the pilot movie Generation X in 1996, and to say it was a “disaster” still feels somehow understated, and you’ll note that in-spite of 17 years of X-Men success no one’s ever suggested we revisit the concept. This time though, it seems like Fox is doing it right, and though this may have nothing to do with the X-Men, The Gifted definitely looks, sounds, and feels like an X-Men show. (more…)
The X-Men franchise has been on the big screen since 2000. Some hits, some missed but for the most part, we have been thoroughly entertained by the tales of mutants, the prejudices they have faced and the heroism by the X-Men as they have saved humanity countless times. Recently, Fox has decided to take mutants to the small screen. Earlier this year FX gave us a very adult themed show focusing on Professor’s Xavier’s (possible) son David Haller, a powerful mutant who happened to be going through schizophrenic episodes (courtesy of The Shadow King). The show Legion was a critical and commercial success. Fox realizes that they can tell even more mutant tales on the small screen and they ordered a pilot for a second mutant-centric TV series, Gifted.