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– Kickng off, Sony released the first look at its Venom movie staring Tom Hardy in the titular role. We got our first look at Hardy as Eddie Brock in full reporter mode (sans blond hair). We also got word from director Ruben Fleischer of the two main comic book inspirations for the film, the miniseries “Venom: Lethal Protector” from David Michelinie and Mark Bagley, as well as the event ‘Planet of the Symbiotes’ also written by Michelinie. Venom hits theaters October 5, 2018.
– The full voice cast for the upcoming DC animated film Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay was revealed. The film follows the team as Amanda Waller sends them to retrieve a mystical object, which puts them in conflict with other villains. Christian Slater will star as Deadshot along with Liam McIntyre as Captain Boomerang, and Tara Strong as Harley Quinn among other notables. The film is set to arrive sometime in the spring.
– Earlier this week, the Daily Mail alleged Stan Lee sexually assaulted a number of nurses who have worked for him, claiming he groped them in his home. Following this, the paper has published other allegations made against Lee, the most notable of which is from a masseuse in a Chicago hotel who claims Lee groped and then masturbated in front of her during his stay at C2E2 last year. The woman has made a legal complaint against Lee, and yesterday Lee’s attorney Tom Lallas reiterated that Lee is denying these allegations. We will update you as the story moves forward.
– Oni Press revealed a number of staff changes, including Publisher and co-founder Joe Nozemack’s transition to Chief Financial Officer/Founder. Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones will replace Nozemack as Publisher and remains a co-owner. You can read about the numerous other changes here. Oni Press is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
– Chris Hemworth’s contract with Marvel is set to expire after Avengers 4 but that hasn’t stopped him and Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi from discussing the possibilities of Thor 4. Hemsworth revealed the two got together on New Year’s Eve saying, “We gave cheers to Thor 3. But it also was like, ‘What could we do with four? We could do this and this.’ We were throwing ideas around.” Hemsworth has also said the partnership was one of his most enjoyable. Hemsworth will appear as Thor in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War on May 4th, and again for (maybe) the last time in Avengers 4 on May 3rd, 2019.
– A number of artists have been added to the upcoming “Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt” #1 alongside solicited artists Doug Mahnke and Ivan Reis. Jorge Jimenez and Howard Porter will join the team along with others. Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, and Joshua Williamson, are all set to write the “Metal” interlude which is out February 14th.
– The 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Award were held yesterday and Wonder Woman won the award for “Best Action Movie” over Thor: Ragnarok and Logan. Actress Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman, was also presented by Wonder Woman director #SeeHer Award, honoring women who push boundaries and recognize the importance of accurately portraying women across the entertainment landscape. You can find the full list of nominees and winners in all categories here.
– The Hanna Barbera book, “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepus Chronicles” from Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, and Mark Morales is adding a back up story. With the second issue, a new story about Sasquatch Detective will appear written by Brandee Stilwell with art by Gus Vasquez. The first issue is already out, with #2 hitting February 7th.
– John Cena is set to join Nickelodeon’s Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as the voice of a new villain created for the series Baron Draxum. Cena’s character will debut in the premiere episode and is described as “an alchemist warrior mutant who seeks to turn all of humanity into mutants.” The show is set to premiere later this year.Continued below
– Finally, BuzzFeed ran a story about a man, Frederick Joseph who raised over $30,000 so that kids from Harlem can view Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther. Jospeh cites his belief in the “importance of kids who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to see themselves represented on screen to see themselves presented onscreen in this fantastic way.”