Hey guys, Avengers: Infinity War is upon us finally and, while this may be a bit late, some of you may wish to watch some of the movies in preparation for the big event. With only a limited amount of time, Jenn and Dakota go through each of the films, figure out which are the absolute most essential entrees, and pick the top 3 most important films that lead into Avengers: Infinity War. Be sure to check it out and share your thoughts with us afterwards!
We’ve updated our MCU timeline video to include The Punisher, Runaways, Black Panther, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 5, and Avengers: Infinity War. Find out where the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe falls into place chronologically.
We’ve also added a time counter that adds up the more items are introduced to the video, including every show, film, one-shot, or web-series.
We hope you enjoy!
Quick update for you Star Wars fans, which… hopefully you are one if you’re here…, but also interesting news for fans of Game of Thrones because today it was announced that the creators of the hit HBO series, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are going to write and produce a new series of Star Wars films.
And while the mind may jump to the conclusion that this has some connection to Rian Johnson’s proposed new trilogy of films OR the continuing episodic Skywalker saga, it has been confirmed this new series of films will be separate from those projects.
As for when we’ll learn more about this planned series? Probably not until 2019, unless details leak early. Benioff and Weiss said that they “are honored by the opportunity, a little terrified by the responsibility, and so excited to get started as soon as the final season of ‘Game of Thrones’ is complete. The show will end its run in 2019.
It seems like it would have been common sense that the duo would take control of the new live action Star Wars tv series that Disney will push on their 2019 streaming service, seeing as how they’ve made their name on TV and all, but according to Disney CEO Bob Iger “Their interest was in creating a series of films that are ‘Star Wars’ based,” and that they didn’t express interest about a [tv] series.”
But speaking about that tv series, it’s also been announced today that Lucasfilm are working on multiple new shows set in the Star Wars universe. The news comes from ABC’s Clayton Sandell who tweets “Just In: Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger says there are “not just one” but “a few” Star Wars series in development for the small screen.
While this could mean more than two Star Wars series in the pipeline, I’m guessing it’s just two for now. The Live action one we know about and, likely, another animated series that will replace Star Wars Rebels, probably with Dave Filoni at the helm. Rebels only has 5 more episodes to go before its conclusion and will leave them open to work on another animated series.
My hope for a future animated series? That they’ll explore Luke’s new Jedi Order in between episodes 6 and 7. Mark Hamill is after all an extremely talented voice actor.
What do you guys think? Are you excited? Are you nervous? Should they take it one film at a time instead of looking at full series?
For our weekly poll this week we asked you what news would be the most exciting for you to hear as a Star Wars fan (beyond what we can reasonably expect from the next several years). We gave you 5 different options to play around with.
A) A new animated series set between episodes VI and VII.
B) A live-action series that explores the darker side of the galaxy.
C) A spin-off film based on an unexplored character or event.
D) A new or returning video game.
E) A novel and/or comics that incorporate previously Legends exclusive content.
By far the most chosen option, at around 44% of over 220 voters, the notion of a new Star Wars live-action series was the most appealing to voters. Some of them even left their comments. We had a lot of fun responding to those comments and sharing our thoughts. Check it out.
News abounds on the Doctor Who front this week. We’ve discovered that there will be 3 new companions filling the TARDIS interior alongside or first female Doctor, along with the 10×50 minute episodes becoming the new norm.
But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes we aren’t being publically told about, and rightly so. Could we be in for a bigger surprise tonally than we’ve previously thought however? We dive into a survey BBC Worldwide asked fans about what makes the show appealing to them and how to make the show better. Depending on how fans react, the show could go in a completely divergent path. Check out our discussion and dissection of that survey in the video below, and be sure to comment your thoughts:
A year and a half ago I wrote an article just after the Marvel Cinematic Universe reached a worldwide gross of 10 Billion dollars in ticket sales. Captain America: Civil War was the film that pushed the franchise over that incredible milestone, making the MCU the very first series to ever reach $10 Billion dollars. It was also the first series to reach 8 and 9 Billion. And since Civil War, three more films have been released under the MCU umbrella bringing the total to over $12 Billion worldwide, and this number shows no signs of slowing. And this lead me to ask the question, can the MCU be stopped?
The answer I gave, based on the growth rate of rival franchises and series at the time was no. It cannot be stopped, and it won’t be topped for another 10-15 years EVEN IF the MCU stops producing films within the next 5 years. By this time next year alone the numbers will likely jump from $12 to around $17 billion at the box office. By averaging the gross of the current Phase 3 films, multiplying that by the number of non-Avenger films coming out, and adding the average of the previous Avengers films together, you’ll find that this next year will be Marvel’s biggest to date. It’s a mighty sum.
In that time Star Wars will overtake J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World films as the number two highest grossing film franchise of all time and it will most likely make it to that coveted $10 Billion box office milestone club. But can Star Wars EVER top what the MCU is amassing at an unprecedented rate? Until the MCU slows down, still no. Even if every Star Wars film rakes in $2 Billion dollars worldwide like The Force Awakens did, which they most certainly cannot, the fact that Marvel has bumped their output from 2 films per year to 3, ensures that their growth will exceed that on an annual basis. And as Star Wars is only putting out 1 film per year, that just won’t happen. But Star Wars just may take that spot some day, because it’s a franchise that’s willing to play the long game.
Now, as impressive as the box office figures are for the MCU, it must be tempered by other figures. If adjusted for the inflation of ticket prices today, the James Bond franchise would sit at the number 1 spot, albeit for only a brief period of time more, with $14 Billion. And as of 2012, Star Wars as a marketing brand was estimated at a worth of over $30 Billion, and I don’t doubt that since Disney has bought it, it’s sitting closer to $40 Billion.
But it is no surprise that since 2012 saw the release of Marvel’s first full team-up in The Avengers, many, many studios have been fast-tracking their own brand of a Cinematic Universe, to varying degrees of success. In our Sunday Geekly Poll we asked you guys whether or not Cinematic Universes were worth it. Over 240 of you voted in and here are your results:
Yesterday we were gifted a bit of light news from the set of the Untitled Han Solo solo film from Ron Howard. In an Instagram video, he revealed to the world what very easily could have been revealed the moment the project was announced over a year ago: it’s title.
And it’s a very bland title: ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’
Presuming they were waiting this long from telling the world about such a dull title because they hadn’t nailed one down yet is silly. Because we’ve all had to awkwardly fumble around saying and/or typing a variant of the phrase ‘currently untitled Han Solo solo film’ for over a year, when we could have just called it Solo from the get go, and we’d be none the wiser for it. Think about it. What was so hard about revealing this title to us, even if they had potential plans to change it in the future? Had they given us Solo as a placeholder and then ultimately kept the title, that’d be fine. But they didn’t. They essentially trolled us for no particular reason.
But since they didn’t use that as a placeholder, we grow to assume the unannounced title to be at least slightly substantial. Maybe not spoilery in nature, but certainly revealing about a pivotal plot point in the character’s history. Or maybe the title is simply too intriguing, and they don’t want it to detract from the marketing of The Last Jedi. There were a number of solid reasons why Disney and/or Lucasfilm chose to keep the title from us.
Maybe they weren’t sold on the ‘A Star Wars Story’ aspect of it. After all, it really made Rogue One’s full title a bit of a mess. And yet, they need to be able to market this as a Star Wars film for those not quick enough to make the leap on their own.