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Black Panther’s breaking box office records, but is it any good? We give you our HONEST review, take on the haters, and welcome Black Panther stuntman Ricky Barksdale Jr. on to talk about the film and stunting for more of your favorite Comic Book TV shows & movies.

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WARNING: There are Black Panther Spoilers in this episode.

Black Panther Honest Review

 

Segment 1
Michael, Hassan, and Bevin (Victoria) discuss the ever-growing hype surrounding Black Panther as it approaches its release. They make their claims as to why Black Panther is not a diversity movie. They then delve into the effect social media has had on socioeconomic climate in the movie industry.

Victoria: “Will Black Panther suffer a similar fate as Wonder Woman did in regards to being a revolutionary movie and critics going easier on it in their reviews?”

Michael on whether Black Panther is a diversity movie: “Black Panther is not a diversity movie… It is an African centric movie that doesn’t just pluck people from different backgrounds.”

Hassan on social media’s use by the younger generation: “Social media has been weaponized by the younger generation.”

Segment 2
They continue down the Black Panther rabbit hole with their comparison to the Wonder Woman movie along with a breakdown of the Wonder Woman character in the film. They then jump into the Justice League conspiracy theory surrounding Zack Snyder’s departure from directing the film.

Hassan on Wonder Woman not being too perfect a character: “She (Wonder Woman) avoids being a Mary Sue character because she is wrong throughout the movie.”

Black Panther Review

Segment 3
Michael, Hassan, and Bevin talk about the Wizard World partnership with Sony with the head of Wizard World PR Jerry Millani. They talk how the deal got done. The idea behind the partnership, and the relationship with independent artists once the merger is official.

Jerry on how independent artists can get involved: “There aren’t these parameters… It potentially could be for anyone now.”

Segment 4
Then, Michael, Hassan, and Victoria (Bevin) wrap the show with another edition of Spin the Racks. They discuss the news surrounding Walking Dead comic book news and their sales battle with Marvel comics. The battle between Comcast and Disney to buy Fox.

Michael on the dispute of the sales statistics disputes in the Walking Dead comics sales news: “Statistics are funny right? You can work them anyway.”

Michael on the snag of the Fox Disney deal: “Don’t take the merger away! I want a good Fantastic Four movie.”

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We had a JAM-PACKED show this past week. Black Panther’s set to break big! The Zack Snyder conspiracy theorists rise! Wizard World/SONY Partnership with the head of PR Jerry Milani to tell us all about it! And it all goes down with Bevin from the Adultish #podcast in studio!

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Segment 1
Michael, Hassan, and Bevin (Victoria) discuss the ever-growing hype surrounding Black Panther as it approaches its release. They make their claims as to why Black Panther is not a diversity movie. They then delve into the effect social media has had on socioeconomic climate in the movie industry.

Victoria: “Will Black Panther suffer a similar fate as Wonder Woman did in regards to being a revolutionary movie and critics going easier on it in their reviews?”

Michael on whether Black Panther is a diversity movie: “Black Panther is not a diversity movie… It is an African centric movie that doesn’t just pluck people from different backgrounds.”

Hassan on social media’s use by the younger generation: “Social media has been weaponized by the younger generation.”

Segment 2
They continue down the Black Panther rabbit hole with their comparison to the Wonder Woman movie along with a breakdown of the Wonder Woman character in the film. They then jump into the Justice League conspiracy theory surrounding Zack Snyder’s departure from directing the film.

Hassan on Wonder Woman not being too perfect a character: “She (Wonder Woman) avoids being a Mary Sue character because she is wrong throughout the movie.”

 

Zack Snyder JL Movie

Segment 3
Michael, Hassan, and Bevin talk about the Wizard World partnership with Sony with the head of Wizard World PR Jerry Millani. They talk how the deal got done. The idea behind the partnership, and the relationship with independent artists once the merger is official.

Jerry on how independent artists can get involved: “There aren’t these parameters… It potentially could be for anyone now.”

Segment 4
Then, Michael, Hassan, and Victoria (Bevin) wrap the show with another edition of Spin the Racks. They discuss the news surrounding Walking Dead comic book news and their sales battle with Marvel comics. The battle between Comcast and Disney to buy Fox.

Michael on the dispute of the sales statistics disputes in the Walking Dead comics sales news: “Statistics are funny right? You can work them anyway.”

Michael on the snag of the Fox Disney deal: “Don’t take the merger away! I want a good Fantastic Four movie.”

 

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Be honest… you worried about the SOLO movie? We want to know! We break down the FULL #Solo trailer alongside all the post Super Bowl Movie Trailers: Infinity War, Westworld, Cloverfield and more!

PLUS: What’s your no-vomit streak at?

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Solo Star Wars Story Trailer
Segment 1: No Solo?

“He’s got the Han cadence down… I’m fine. We’re fine. I wish they would fix his hair.”

Michael recapped his Super Bowl night with stories of past Super Sunday parties and his (non)vomit streak. They break down the trailer of Solo: A Star Wars Story. The pressure is on Alden Ehrenreich to play young Han Solo, as they share their feelings on Ron Howard directing the movie.

Segment 2: What’s your (non)vomit-streak at?

Hassan weighs in on Solo and whether he is excited about the film or not. All while getting a massive response from listeners and fans of the show on Solo.

Hassan:  “That’s not Han Solo. That’s not Lando. That is Chewy though.”

Michael: “What is a good way to phrase multiple years of not vomiting?”

Segment 3: Infinity War and Beyond!

The semi-dynamic-duo briefly go over the Netflix trailer for Cloverfield Paradox. Then  take a dive into the trailer of the second season of Westworld. Finally, they weigh in on another blockbuster trailer in Avengers: Infinity War. They figure out the mystery of Captain America’s shield in the trailer.

Michael: “Honey I made the newspapers!!!”

Michael: “Is nerd a derogatory term?”

Michael: “Are we that oversaturated with comic book films?”

Segment 4: Spin The Racks

They continue their breakdown of Infinity Wars with Michael gushing over Spiderman’s scenes in the trailer. How the movie will incorporate all the members of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Michael and Hassan finally go into the announcement of Game of Thrones creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Then they talk Deadpool 2 news on another edition of Spin the Racks.

Hassan: On Avengers: Infinity War: “Just like with the Solo Movie, we know what the stakes are with this one.”

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NEXT WEEK: ‘Adultish’ star Victoria Bennett joins us as we play Superhero hookup & prep for Black Panther – THE date movie of the year….er, maybe.

We discuss the GAME-CHANGER that is Black Panther. We play ‘Trailer Truth or Trash’ with the new Ant-Man & Wasp trailer. And Newsarama’s Chris Arrant Talks Must-Read Comics For 2018

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Black-Panther-MovieSegment 1: Long Live The King
Black Panther first reactions: Stars and critics praise one of Marvel’s best
http://ew.com/movies/2018/01/30/black-panther-first-reactions-marvel/

With the red carpet premiere of Marvel’s Black Panther comes the first responses over social media. While full-length reviews are still under embargo until closer to the film’s February theatrical debut, the consensus is clear: long live the king.

Segment 2: Black Panther Chat and the Race Card
Are we getting a movie with a message or a message wrapped up as a movie? Host Michael Dolce hopes for the former and thinks it will be based on the marketing. Hassan meanwhile is wary of being let down and uses Star Wars: The Last Jedi as his example

 

Black Panther Rave Reviews

Segment 3: Newsarama’s Chris Arrant

Big movies this year that may have comic book tie ins:

  • Black Panther
  • Infinity War
  • Dark Phoenix
  • Venom
  • Ant-Man
  • Aquaman

Other topics discussed: Bendis’ DC defection, his first book with Jim Lee & more!

Segment 4: Ant-Man & Wasp ‘Trailer Truth or Trash’
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly are on the run in first Ant-Man and the Wasp trailer.

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Transmedia guru Jeff Gomez shared so many insider nuggets as our guest this past week. He even dropped the rumored FIRST Marvel/FOX film post merger. You won’t believe who’s in it and who will be playing the role of a certain Canadian-clawed mutant.

Spider-Man/Wolverine Crossover In The Works?

Will Hugh Jackman Reprise the role of Wolverine in a crossover with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man?

“The muscles were flexing to take these third and fourth tier characters and lift them,” Gomez revealed when asked how the Disney/Fox merger would impact the MCU going forward. “It’s going to be a little easier with X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool.”

But then Gomez dropped the “inside baseball” bombshell of exactly what the bigwigs at Disney were planning to unveil

“The big win is a Hugh Jackman Wolverine with Spider-Man. Why? Spider-Man is the number one superhero merchandise generator ever. So combining those two characters…and Hugh is willing to do it.”

There’s been some debate on Secrets of the Sire as to whether Hugh Jackman needs to hang up the claws. Co-hosts Michael Dolce and Hassan Godwin have debated back and forth whether this merger, combined with he storyline in Logan, is the perfect opportunity to cast someone new in Jackman’s iconic role. But Gomez revealed the thought of Jackman reprising the role is just too good an opportunity to pass up at this point.

“[Wolverine] will have to evolve into another actor at some point, but there are a number of opportunities in the [Marvel] cinematic universe [waiting] to happen.”

Spider-Man/Wolverine Crossover

Hugh Jackman’s turn as Wolverine may not be over

About This Clip: Disney/Fox Merger
Jeff Gomez gives insight into a potential Disney/Fox merger saying it’ll be “huge for fanboys” and how that might dictate Marvel’s plans for the MCU in the coming years. With a bunch of movies getting new release dates including Deadpool and The New Mutants, what does this say about the direction Fox is heading?

“In the twilight of Fox they are doing interesting things with the franchises.”

You can read Jeff’s article “The Self Disruption of Star Wars” and more from him at blog.collectivejourney.com and can follow him on Twitter @jeff_gomez

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We tackle all the #ComicBookMovie #OscarNoms including the shocking nom for Logan with our resident Transmedia guru Jeff Gomez. He also gives us his insider take on the FOX/DISNEY merger and reveals what two fan-fave characters are going to hit the big screen screen first … could it happen? Will it?

PLUS: X-Men Shake-up! Deadpool 2 gets NEW dates. New Mutants get delayed. And is Gambit still a thing?

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Segment 1: Logan
Logan has made waves for its nomination for Best Adaptive Screenplay, what does this mean for comic book movies to come. We are now entering “late stage” for Fox movies, how will that affect its future releases? And where does Wonder Woman fit into all this?

“If you were to go back and watch X-Men origins and Wolverine, and then I told you two movies later they’d be up for an Oscar? I’d say you’re joking” – Hassan

Segment 2: The Oscars
How does the age of the academy influence voting? Are we into a new generation of voters? Do social movements have an impact on academy nominations? We are going through the Oscar nominations to see how comic books have influenced pop culture as comic influenced movies start to move outside of just the special effects category.

“If you were dressed up in a costume with tights, there was no way you’d get nominated for an Oscar.” – Jeff Gomez

 

Segment 3: The Last Jedi
Hardcore fans weren’t the happiest with The Last Jedi, to say the least, but Jeff Gomez says there is a method to their madness in his article “The Self Disruption of Star Wars”. How does the new direction the franchise is taking effect the characters within the story? And how does the demand for a new film every year play in

“So what do you have to do to please hardcore fans now that you have such a bigger audience to engage with? In order to do that there is a process called self-disruption where you break some of your “toys” to fix them” – Jeff Gomez

Segment 4: Disney/Fox Merger
Jeff gives insight into a potential Disney/Fox merger saying it’ll be “huge for fanboys” and how that might dictate Marvel’s plans for the MCU in the coming years. With a bunch of movies getting new release dates including Deadpool and The New Mutants, what does this say about the direction Fox is heading?

“In the twilight of Fox they are doing interesting things with the franchises.”

Thank you once again to Jeff Gomez for coming on the show. You can read Jeff’s article “The Self Disruption of Star Wars” and more from him at blog.collectivejourney.com and can follow him on Twitter @jeff_gomez

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Digital Trends’ @RickMarshall drops by to help us pit the best new Comic Book and Superhero related TV shows like The X-Files vs Legion, Black Lightning vs Krypton, New Warriors vs Cloak and Dagger and Jessica Jones vs Luke Cage against each other in one-on-one battle! With so much superhero and sci-fi stuff on the DVR which new series will come out on top?

Black Lightning 2018 TV Shows

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Segment 1: What’s the Deal With The Delay Between Seasons?
This segment talks about “the wait”. The wait for new seasons of hit TV shows is driving viewers crazy. Hit’s like Game of Thrones and Stanger Things will not be premiering their new seasons in 2018.

Segment 2: Bringing back Old TV Shows
Is bringing old TV shows giving us what we want? Are they giving us “more” or the “same”? Even though sometimes it IS the same stuff as opposed to new, it is getting views and that’s all that matters. “Nobody cares.”

 

 

X-Files Season 11

 

Segment 3: Trends of TV with Rick Marshall, Black Lightning, X-Files & More
Mike And Hassan ask Rick Marshall, “Are we at a point of over Saturation? when it comes to television “To be honest were seeing some interesting takes on things now.” – (Rick) “I don’t think we’re reaching that over-saturation point as long as people are still thinking outside the box. ” -(Rick)

“If everyone that watched comic book TV shows went into comic stores and bought comic books, there would be no articles out about how the comic book industry is dying.” -(Mike).

Segment 4: Spinning The Racks
What TV shows are hot, what actors are leaving, coming, or staying, what new superheroes are getting their own show?

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ABOUT OUR GUEST: Rick Marshall

WHAT DO YOU DO? (Think Twitter Bio)
Award-winning journalist and “Professional Geek” covering popular movie, television, comics, and gaming trends.

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS? (Shameless Plug Time)
I’m a Contributing Editor for Digital Trends and the host of RetConned Radio for NPR and WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and a freelance writer and columnist for various other outlets.

YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES (Friend You?)
@RickMarshall on Twitter

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NEXT WEEK: Transmedia Guru Jeff Gomez of Starlight Runner gives us the inside scoop on some of the biggest stories of 2017 including Disney’s purchase of Fox – will Hugh Jackman return as Wolverine? PLUS: We get HIS take on The Last Jedi.

We continue our 2018 Preview as we debate the future of the Star Wars universe with Just 2 Pal’s podcast host Johnny Wellens. We span everything from Rogue One to Last Jedi to episdoe II and rank the worst Star Wars Movie ever.

Why Last Jedi Might Be The Worst Star Wars Movie Ever

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Segment 1
Michael and Hassan start discussing The Last Jedi, and debate whether those who disliked the movie should be called “haters”. Then, after discussing whether a podcast should have seasons or episodes, they talk about the movie’s impact on Star Wars fans and critics alike, discussing the polarizing differences in opinion surrounding the film, including the various agendas surrounding people’s love of the movie.

Segment 2
Our hosts discuss Rogue One, and whether it’s really as good a movie as people think it is, and what happens when you view the movie on its own merits away from Star Wars Episode 4. Then, they talk about the upcoming Han Solo movie, why it may save the franchise, and how it’ll give Star Wars fans another glimpse at the Star Wars universe pre-Episode 4. Michael and Hassan also go into what critics have to say about the Hans Solo movie’s lack of a marketing campaign and the movie’s unique appeal within the Star Wars franchise.

Solo: A Star Wars Movie

Segment 3
Special Guest Johnny Wellens, the host of the Just 2 Pals Podcast, calls in to talk about his reasons for liking the Last Jedi, including his expectations for the film based on The Force Awakens and how those expectations were turned on their head; Johnny also gives his own thoughts on the varying opinions surrounding the movie. Note that this segment has some spoilers for The Last Jedi! After Johnny finishes given his thoughts on The Last Jedi, he gives his opinion on how The Last Jedi will affect the Han Solo movie.

Segment 4
Michael and Hassan discuss the possibility of Disney devising a new strategy for the Star Wars franchise, and why the reception of The Last Jedi may make that necessary. Then, they go into recent accusations made against Stan Lee, the media’s deceptive headlines in reporting these accusations, and their thoughts on these accusations.

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Johnny Wellens

WHAT DO YOU DO? (Think Twitter Bio)

Podcaster, amateur writer and Dad.

WHAT DO YOU GOT GOING ON THESE DAYS? (Shameless Plug Time)

I am a member of the Atomic Geekdom podcast. I also do my own podcast with my pal Randy called Just 2 Pals.

GOT A HOT TAKE? (Tell us the burning issues you’re dying to talk about)

So many issues I’m just burning to talk about! 2017 in film and television, comic book adaptations, cheesecake, The Flash, Logan and so much more. But I feel confident engaging in almost any topic, sometimes it’s fun to play devil’s advocate.

YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES (Friend You?)

My Twitter is: @JohnnyWellens and my podcast is @Just2Pals. The website I’m a part of is atomicgeekdom.com.

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NEXT WEEK: Digital Trends’ Rick Marshall drops by to help us preview the year in Comic Book TV shows – with so much on the DVR what’s the one Comic Book TV show you HAVE to be watching?

Break out the bubbly and let’s look ahead to a jam-packed 2018! Is Infinity War the be-all-end-all of superhero flicks and shows this year? Or is there a sleeper that will take the crown as THE hit of 2018.

AMNY Senior Entertainment Editor Scott Rosenberg helps us break down all the contenders this year: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Movie, New Mutants, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Aquaman, Venom, Dark Phoenix and more!

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2018 Movies at a glance:

  • “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” (2018) November 2, 2018
  • “Legion” (2017-)
  • Solo May 2018
  • “Ant-Man and the Wasp” July 6, 2018
  • “Aquaman” (2018) December 21, 2018
  • “Venom” (2018) October 5, 2018
  • Infinity War May 4, 2018
  • Black Panther February 16, 2018
  • New Mutants April 13, 2018
  • Deadpool 2 June 1, 2018

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‘Bright’ Sequel Set at Netflix

http://variety.com/2018/film/news/bright-sequel-netflix-1202651949/

Following the success of “Bright,” Netflix is moving forward with a sequel. Will Smith and Joel Edgerton are attached to reprise their roles, with David Ayer returning to write and direct the second installment.

Writer Max Landis won’t be back for the next film. Eric Newman and Bryan Unkeless are set as producers.

Netflix teased the annocement with a video of orcs auditioning for the sequel. The characters have been a significant component of the film’s promotions.

‘It’s ruining viewing habits’: Jodie Foster slams superhero movies as cinematic equivalent of fracking

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5224211/Jodie-Foster-slams-superhero-movies.html#ixzz538lj8XlZ

‘It’s ruining viewing habits’: Jodie Foster slams superhero movies as cinematic equivalent of fracking uperheroes may have met their greatest adversary — Jodie Foster.

The 55-year-old has claimed Comic book movies are ruining cinema.

In an interview with Radio Times Magazine, the actor and director slammed the likes of Marvel and DC production as the cinematic equivalent of fracking.

‘Going to the movies has become like a theme park,’ she said.

‘Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking  — you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.’

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Recorded LIVE at NYCC 2017: Comic Book School’s own Buddy Scalera welcomes Marvel Editor Darren Sanchez, Valiant E-I-C Warren Simons and Dynamite Entertainment’s Joe Rybant to the podium to give you EXACT instructions on the “how-to’s” and “do-not’s” to breaking into comics.

Comic Book School

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Buddy’s Notes
“Have a thick skin.”
“Learn how to deal with rejection.”

These are the things you hear at panels and at workshops all over the country. If you plan to pursue a career in some form of the creative arts, you will meet rejection. It is inevitable.

Sometimes it’s you. Maybe your art isn’t quite “there” yet. Maybe your writing or illustration just needs a bit more practice.

Sometimes it’s them. They are looking for X and you are selling Y. You might be able to do XY and Z, but what they see now isn’t what they want.

Sometimes it’s just bad timing or bad luck or just a bad day for the person considering your work. Or a combination of all of the above. You’ll never really know.

I’ve been working professionally in comics for almost 25 years, and I’ve never seen the industry this fragmented. I try to keep up with the independent publishing landscape, but there are just too many publishers for me to even list them all on my Comic Publisher Submission Guidelines page.

NEXT WEEK: We’re back! We review Marvel’s Punisher Netflix show and look ahead to the year to come in pop culture!