Venom Debuts New Footage, Teases Spider-Man Crossover At Comic-Con 2018

A Venom movie without Spider-Man seems like a dicy gamble, but the footage Sony debuted exclusively during Comic-Con 2018 had fans excited nonetheless. It didn’t hurt that they teased an eventual crossover with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, although it didn’t sound like something that will happen any time soon.

In the clip, Tom Hardy’s character Eddie Brock struggles to get the Symbiote under his control. He tries meditating, but there’s footage of more violent scenes interspersed as he attempts to clear his mind. “You cannot change the past. But in the present moment, you are in total control,” a voiceover says, but clearly that’s not the case.

The footage showed Riz Ahmed’s character, Dr. Carlton Drake, demonstrating the Symbiote’s effect on an unwilling patient/victim. He’s intent on forcing humanity to evolve. In another scene, Eddie races down the street on a motorcycle while the Symbiote erupts from his body, attacking nearby cars. Eddie speaks to the Symbiote, which can project words directly into Eddie’s mind, or appear as a CG Venom head protruding from Eddie’s body. In another scene, the two appear to have melded and reached some sort of balance; the Symbiote face peels partially away from Eddie’s, and the two proclaim together, “We are Venom.”

During the Sony movies panel in San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H, Tom Hardy said Venom will stick closely to the storyline in the Lethal Protector comics. “[Eddie] is an anti-hero, so he’ll figure on a goal, and he’ll do whatever he has to do to get to that goal,” he said. Earlier at SDCC, Hardy revealed why he took the role.

Ahmed said during the panel that Carlton Drake is a “genius billionaire inventor” who is trying to answer the question of “what does the future of humanity look like” with the Earth on the brink of ecological collapse.

Another Symbiote appeared in the footage as well, and director Ruben Fleischer explained afterward that as fans suspected, it was Riot–an adversary of Venom’s who is a “stronger and more powerful” Symbiote. He also has the ability to jump between hosts. “In our movie, you never know quite where Riot’s going to turn up,” Fleischer said.

Fans were expecting a little bit more, but Fleischer only teased that “there may or may not be other villains in the movie,” saying he didn’t want to give too much away.

However, moderator Jessica Chobot got one more small tease for fans, asking Fleischer and Hardy whether this cinematic incarnation will ever face off with Spider-Man, knowing that’s what fans really want.

“I have to think that the studio’s thinking the same way and that at some point down the road they’re going to run into each other’s paths,” Fleischer said.

“What, me? Go toe-to-toe with Tom Holland? I’ll have a go, yeah,” Hardy added. “He’s an awesome actor and I’d love to work with him, and I love Spider-Man. Who knows?”

Venom hits theaters October 5.

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Freeform has renewed Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger for a second season

Marvel has largely taken a backseat this year at San Diego Comic-Con: Marvel Studios skipped the con, but there’s been a bit of news from its television divisions: it announced that the second season of Iron Fist will begin later this fall, and today, it revealed that its Freeform show, Cloak & Dagger will come back for another season next year.

The show follows two teenagers, Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone “Ty” Johnson (Aubrey Joseph), who gained superpowers from an accident. The show has proven to be extremely relevant, tackling issues such as racism, depression and drug abuse.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Freeform has renewed the show for a second, 10-episode season, which will begin streaming in the spring of 2019….

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Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Footage Debuts At Comic-Con 2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a huge amount of buzz thanks to its unique art style and starring role for the beloved Miles Morales. At San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Sony showed off some exclusive footage that went beyond the trailers we’ve already seen.

In the footage, Miles has apparently just gotten his powers, and seems mostly confused by them. At school, he gets his hand tangled in Gwen Stacy’s hair, and wonders whether his strange new abilities are the result of finally hitting puberty. Later, the clip revealed that in Miles’ universe, Peter Parker is dead. Miles is visiting Parker’s grave in a makeshift Spider-Man outfit when he’s approached from behind by an older Peter Parker, voiced by Jake Johnson. Miles quickly figures out that the other Peter is from an alternate dimension, and requests that he teach him how to be Spider-Man.

Finally, the footage showed Spider-Gwen, who introduces herself to the other two as “from another, another dimension.” And three more Spider-Mans debuted: Spider-Man Noir, voiced by Nick Cage; Penny Parker, with her mech-like robot SPDR, voiced by Kimiko Glenn; and Spider-Ham, a cartoonish, costumed pig voiced by comedian John Mulaney.

Sony showed the footage during the studio’s panel in Hall H, SDCC’s largest venue. Moderated by Jessica Chobot, the panel included actors Shameik Moore (Miles Morales), Jake Johnson (Peter Parker), and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy), directors Rodney Rothman, Peter Ramsey, and Bob Persichetti, and producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

“He’s a black Spider-Man, black and Mexican, I think that that’s very powerful and iconic,” Moore said of his character Miles Morales.

In the movie, Morales intersects with Spider-Men from alternate universes, including an older, jaded Peter Parker.

“It’s Peter Parker at 40, it’s Peter Parker with a bad back..and who’s not sure if he still wants to be Spider-Man, and what it means to be Spider-Man after the excitement of being Spider-Man,” Johnson said during the panel. “That just got really heavy, folks. But that’s Peter Parker. It’s chubby Peter Parker.”

Hailee Steinfeld, who plays Gwen Stacy, said she’s excited to play a female superhero.

“I get to play a female superhero, which was pretty cool–and not just any female superhero, but the first Spider-Woman,” she said. “That was so exciting to me, and the fact that she really is the toughest and the coolest and the smartest and the most capable one in the room, and she knows it.”

Lord and Miller said they insisted on a Miles story when Sony approached them to make an animated Spider-Man movie. “This story’s been told a lot of times. We love Miles Morales,” Lord said. “We thought this was an amazing way to tell the Spider-Man story.”

“The thought of this movie was, ‘What if these different stories intersected? What would it do, how would it shake them up, and what would happen if these people met?'” Lord said.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14.

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer Is Officially Getting A Reboot

Buckle up, fans of Joss Whedon and badass teenage vampire killers, Buffy The Vampire Slayer is getting a reboot. THR reports that 20th Century Fox television has had a reboot in mind for a while now, but talks about actually putting one in motion began in the fall of 2017. Now that the studio has hired a writer for the show, things are really starting up.

Whedon has expressed apprehension about making a Buffy reboot in the past, saying, “Luckily most of my actors still look wonderful, but I’m not worried about them being creaky. I’m more worried about me being creaky as a storyteller. You don’t want that feeling that you should have left before the encore.” But with a new writer hired and the show on the way, he appears to have gotten over his earlier qualms.

Whedon will be executive producing this time around, and Monica Owusu-Breen, who worked with Whedon on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, has been hired to write and produce the series, as well as serve as its showrunner. She is credited as the writer and showrunner for a slew of other titles including Midnight, Texas. No official script has been ordered, and the show has yet to find a director or an actor to play Buffy, so things are still in early stages.

The tone of the show was vaguely described by producers who said, “like our world, it will be richly diverse, and like the original, some aspects of the series could be seen as metaphors for issues facing us all today.” The producers reportedly intend on hiring an African American actor to play Buffy.

The show will be pitched to cable and streaming networks alike, as it has yet to find a network, but it should have no trouble finding interested parties since Buffy The Vampire Slayer was one of the most beloved and popular shows of its day.

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Comic-Con 2018: New Halloween Clip Shows Michael Myers’ Random Brutality

With Halloween heading back to theaters and changing the canon for the long-running horror series, it’s time to clear some things up. Jamie Lee Curtis, along with the new Halloween‘s director and producers, came to San Diego Comic-Con armed with footage and some hints about what the past 40 years have been like for Laurie Strode since the horrible events of that Halloween night.

“Laurie Strode was 17 years old when she was brutally attacked by Michael Myers, a random act of violence,” Curtis told the audience. “She has carried the trauma and PTSD of someone who was attacked randomly.”

That statement alone changes so much of what fans have come to know about Michael Myers and his murderous ways in the movies that followed the first Halloween. As previously revealed, the twist that he’s actually Laurie’s brother is gone. Instead, there was no real reason he stalked and tried to kill Laurie in that film, other than that he’s just a psychotic killer. Now, though, it’s been 40 years and she’s been training for his eventual return. She’s ready to take back her life from the man that carelessly tried to end it.

“What we’re honoring today, there comes a point where you say, ‘I am not my trauma. The narrative of my life is I am not the victim,'” the actress explained. “This is a woman that’s been waiting 40 years.”

Before she can face that trauma head-on, though, an escaped Myers is going to do what he’s best at, and that’s killing as many people as he possibly can. Keeping with the idea that he kills randomly, the Comic-Con audience was treated to an extended clip from the film, which shows Myers stalking the streets once again on Halloween night.

In the short look at the film, which has not been released online, the masked maniac slips into one house and murders a woman in her kitchen with a hammer. He then takes the knife she was using to carve a ham and continues on his quest, passing by trick or treaters on the way. Upon finding his next victim, Myers slips into her house unnoticed and jams the knife into the back of her neck.

This is the first truly gory shot fans have seen of the film and it’s clear Blumhouse is pulling no punches when it comes to the brutality on display from Myers–and likely Laurie, as she confronts her life’s tormentor.

Halloween is in theaters on October 19.

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Joss Whedon is developing a ‘richly diverse’ Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot

Joss Whedon’s TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended its original run back in 2003, but 15 years later, a new iteration of the show is in development. Deadline reports that Whedon and Midnight, Texas creator Monica Owusu-Breen are developing the series at Fox 21 TV Studios. There is no home yet for the new Buffy, but the plan is for the series to be pitched to cable networks and streaming services later this summer.

The original show followed Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a “Slayer” destined to fight evil forces in her new hometown of Sunnydale. Inspired by Whedon’s feature film of the same name, the series ran for seven seasons, inspiring a spin-off series (Angel), a larger expanded universe of comics and novels, and a…

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Overwatch’s Torbjorn Overhaul Will Make Him More Useful On Offense

Blizzard lead designer Geoff Goodman revealed his team is working to change up Overwatch‘s Torbjorn in a big way. The plan is to make Torbjorn more offensive, by removing Molten Core and giving him the ability to toss his turrets out.

In an interview with VG247, Goodman said, “With Torbjorn, the issues we’re trying to solve are that he’s a little overly defensive focused. We need him to be more viable on offense in a non-payload situation. It doesn’t mean he needs to be equal on offense, but we need him at least to not be a troll pick.” Goodman further explained that Torbjorn’s abilities “snowball” by starting out weak and becoming incredibly powerful by the end of a match. Goodman doesn’t want players who use Torbjorn to bounce back and forth between being useless and being useful. Torbjorn should be able to assist his team at any point in the match.

As of right now, Torbjorn needs to move to wherever he wants to place a turret and frantically build upon it to be of any use. Without his Ultimate, Molten Core, at the ready to speed up the process, it’s a difficult strategy to pull off in the middle of a firefight. Blizzard plans on changing Torbjorn’s turret ability so he now throws it out in front of him, already partially upgraded. “This plays a lot better on offense–especially because you can run up, throw it in a flank spot and be immediately shooting again and not feel like you have to sit there hammering it,” Goodman said. “We can obviously tune the turret if it ends up being too strong or anything, but that’s the place we’re starting from.”

With this change in place, Molten Core suddenly loses a lot of its purpose. So Blizzard has plans of removing the Ultimate ability or, at the very least, changing Molten Core to a normal ability. Either way, Torbjorn would end up with an entirely new Ultimate. Nothing is set in stone yet, as Blizzard is still tinkering with the balance of Torbjorn’s throwing out his turret as opposed to moving with it, but Goodman confirms the team is currently leaning towards removing Molten Core.

Blizzard has not yet shared when Torbjorn’s rework is scheduled to come out. In the meantime, players can look forward to the balance changes being made to five of Overwatch’s support characters, and the release of Overwatch’s newest hero, Wrecking Ball.

Overwatch is available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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