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In case you missed it yesterday, BOOM! Studios announced their first WWE OGN about about the wrestler The Undertaker. We also interviewed J.H. Williams III about Image’s upcoming anthology “Where We Live,” and ran a preview of this week’s “Batman Beyond” #19.
– Sony Pictures debuted the second trailer for Venom at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, and with it comes the first look at Tom Hardy as the Lethal Protector, as well as the full reveal of the character’s now Spider-Man-less origin story and superpowers. It also reveals much more of Riz Ahmed and Jenny Slate’s characters. The film, which is directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland, Gangster Squad), is due for release on October 5th.
– On the Avengers: Infinity War press junket, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed a lot of snippets about the future of the MCU that have started floating around the internet, the biggest being that there’s an Eternals movie in the early stages of development. The Jack Kirby-created cosmic property has multiple screenwriters that have taken meetings about a possible movie centered around the female Eternal Sersi. Feige also said Nova and Moon Knight are properties that have been tooled around for Phase 4.
– In those same interviews, it was revealed that Marvel Studios will not have a Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con this summer, which means no huge Phase 4 film announcements or reveal of the title of Avengers 4. Joe and Anthony Russo also confirmed that actor Michael Shaw (Constantine) would play Corvus Glave, not Peter Dinklage, leading more speculation as to his character. Infinity War is out Friday.
– Archie Comics tweeted that their characters have joined the Yarn app. The app, which is available from iTunes and the App Store, is a subscription-based service that tells stories through texts sent between characters. The first Archie story on Yarn sees the Riverdale gang cross paths with Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
– The Black Mask Studios comic “Black” from Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3, Jamal Igle and Khary Randolph now has a director in Seith Mann. The property went into development without a director back in August at production company Studio 8, with plans to franchise the property. The series is set in a universe where superpowers are real, but black people are the only ones with powers.
– In more movie news, Riverdale actor Ross Butler has joined Shazam! in a currently unknown role. The film is currently filming and hits theaters April 5, 2019.
– The nominees for the 2018 Glyph Awards have been revealed. The awards are dedicated to recognizing the best of black characters and creators in comics and will be presented at the ECBACC convention on May 19th. You can check out the list of nominees here.
– Cartoonist Walt Handelsman won a national award for editorial cartooning from the Society of Professional Journalists yesterday for his work at The Advocate on cartoons tackling a number of American political issues in the last year. Handelsman previously won the Sigma Delta Chi Award back in 2014.
– Leslie Stein’s OGN “Present” from Drawn & Quarterly won the LA Times Book Prizes in the graphic novel category over the weekend. The book, originally published on Vice, contains snippets of Stein’s thoughts including those on her mother and on living in Brooklyn.
– Website Geeks Out is offering free tickets to their LGBTQ inclusive convention Flame Con for anyone who purchased tickets to the recently cancelled Universal FanCon. Flame Con takes place in New York August 18-19. Universal FanCon was scheduled to take place this weekend in Baltimore and was postponed indefinitely. The con came about due to a Kickstarter campaign in 2016. The organizers of the con also had a comic-con that was cancelled after conducting a Kickstarter in 2015 for PrideCon in Anaheim. You can head to io9 for a timeline of details.