By: Patrick Ketza
Nissan used the LA Auto show as an excuse for a bit of Star Wars fan service this year, taking a bunch of Rogues, Altimas and Maximas and letting Lucasfilm's design artists tart them up into Star Wars-style spaceships. But it doesn't stop there, with Star Wars-themed augmented reality displays rolling out at showrooms across North America.
The show cars celebrate Nissan's collaboration with Lucasfilm in the lead up to December's release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The Lucasfilm team's designs were sent over to Vehicle Effects in Burbank to be built by the same guys that built the recent Ecto-1 for the reboot of Ghostbusters, as well as coordinating cars for a whole bunch of Fast and Furious movies.
That's not the only Star Wars tie-in for fans this holiday season, mind you – Nissan dealers across North America will be running a fun augmented reality promotion for the Rogue, Maxima and Titan in the lead-up to Christmas.
Showroom visitors will have the chance to put on AR headgear and activate an experience in which Star Wars characters show you around the safety features of each vehicle.
It's not world-changing or highbrow stuff here, it's a crass cross-promotional marketing campaign, but it's a good one. Take a look through the gallery for a bunch of photos.
Watch the first 17 minutes of Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD Season 5 now! Catch the action-packed two-hour season premiere this Friday, December 1 at 8/7c on ABC.
If you were one of the lucky fans to see the footage from this year's San Diego Comic Con, the footage for Avengers: Infinity War has been as elusive as they come. But now it seems like a few videos have been leaked.
With Thor: Ragnarok still showing strong in theaters, and the Black Panther solo movie on the way, your Marvel needs may have been meet. If you are still craving more, you should peep the leaked footage below:
The video above shows the Guardians in The Collector’s home while Thanos interrogates him. There are also videos showing Falcon kicking some ass, a few glimpses of Scarlet Witch and Vision and more. To see those videos click here.
Again, it’s not very much, but at this point, fans will surely take whatever they can get their hands on and if you’re eager for a look at Joe and Anthony Russo’s blockbuster, you’d better hurry up and watch these clips quickly before Marvel pulls them down.
Avengers: Infinity War will see a release on May 4th, 2018, and when it does, it’ll seemingly herald lots of big “evolutions” for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Ditto for the untitled Avengers 4, which will bring the curtain down on the Thanos saga – and Marvel’s Phase Three – in 2019.
If you were one of the many fans looking to see Marvel's "New Warriors' debut on Freeform, we have some bad news for you. Marvel’s New Warriors, which received a straight-to-series order in April at Freeform, is not moving forward at the Disney-ABC Television Group-owned network and will be shopped elsewhere, Deadline has confirmed.
The 10-episode series, originally taken out by Marvel and ABC Studios in summer 2016, was slated to debut in 2018. That plan has now been scrapped.
New Warriors, Marvel’s first live-action comedy series, is about six young people with powers living and working together. Not quite super, not yet heroes and with powers and abilities on the opposite end of the spectrum of The Avengers, the New Warriors want to make a difference in the world, even if the world isn’t ready. The series is about the entry into adulthood when you feel like you can do everything and nothing at once – except in this world, bad guys can be as terrifying as bad dates.
The series features Squirrel Girl (aka Doreen Green) as a totally empowering fangirl — tough, optimistic and a natural leader. Doreen is confident and has the powers of a squirrel: She’s acrobatic, can fight and talk to other squirrels. Her most important trait is that she has faith in people and teaches them to believe in themselves.
Freeform is expected to debut Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, a straight-to-series live-action drama based on the Marvel characters, aimed at young adults, sometime next year.
By: Kevin Gray
In all honesty, Marvel's Black Panther is the only superhero movie I just can't wait to see. This is in no way meant to insult the upcoming Justice League or Thor: Ragnarok films, it's just that the Black Panther hits home. He's a true black superhero and a king at that. So I was more than a little excited to wake up to news that the Black Panther trailer is finally here.
The trailer for Ryan Coogler’s film builds on the teaser trailer released in June, giving audiences a better sense of T’Challa’s journey from ambitious upstart to true leader. We see him receiving advice from both his mother (Angela Bassett) and Okoye (Danai Gurira), the head of Wakanda’s all-female special forces team, called the Dora Milaje. It appears that the women of the Dora Milaje have a major role in the film
We also get a look at Lupita N’yongo‘s Nakia and Letitia Wright’s Shuri. We also get to see Michael B. Jordan's portrayal of villain Erik Killmonger, including a look at his super-suit.
Black Panther opens in theaters February 16, 2018 and will lead directly into the events of Avengers: Infinity War.
The X-Men are back with a new movie, new plots and new mutants. X-Men: The New Mutants will be the eleventh film in X-Men series for 20th Century Fox. The film is being directed by Josh Boone from a screenplay by himself and Knate Lee, and stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.
In New Mutants, a group of young mutants held in a secret facility fight to save themselves. This will be the first X-Men film since Hugh Jackman ended his run as character Wolverine/Logan in Logan earlier this year.
New Mutants is scheduled to be released on April 13, 2018. You can check out the first trailer below.
Pushing ahead with an aggressive move into new markets while retaining many of its most popular venues, Wizard World, Inc. today announced the first iteration of its 2018 calendar, securing a total of 11 events, including 11 holdovers from successful 2017 shows. The company also announced that five events in Biloxi , Miss., Montgomery, Ala., Peoria, Ill., Springfield, Mo., and Winston-Salem, N.C. have been postponed from their originally scheduled fourth-quarter dates in 2017 to similar dates in 2018.
The 2018 schedule, which will likely add some additional cities to be announced, is comprised as follows (*denotes new for 2018):
The rosters of celebrities and artists at each city are still being formed; to date, a few have already committed to several events, including New Orleans: Stan Lee (Marvel CEO Emeritus), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League); St. Louis: Bonnie Wright ( Harry Potter franchise), Michael Rosenbaum ("Smallville," Guardians of the Galaxy 2); Cleveland: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Pretty Little Liars”); Portland: Rosenbaum, Wright. Additional celebrities and creators, as well as entertainment and programming schedules, will be announced closer to each respective date.
“The confirmed portion of Wizard World’s 2018 schedule combines many of the cities which have proven most attractive to fans with some new markets that we believe will embrace us similarly,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President and C.E.O. “In moving five of our more recently announced shows to 2018, we are better equipped to put on the kind of successful pop culture celebration that our fans have come to expect.”
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening at each show.
From Digital Spy
Zack Snyder has confirmed that he won't be getting involved with Justice League again, after he 'stepped back' from the upcoming film earlier this year.
The director made the decision to hand over the movie to Avengers director Joss Whedon following the tragic death of his daughter in May.
In a recent interview with Wired, Zack confirmed that he wouldn't be returning to Justice League's creative team, admitting he thought it would be "unfair in a lot of ways" to do so.
After several months away from the film, Zack said that he's feeling excited about what's in store following Whedon's takeover.
"I'm happy for my guys and I love these people that are working on it, and they're my family and I think they're doing an amazing job," he said. "But I've kind of just let them do their thing."
Although Snyder stepped aside from the film's extensive re-shoots, Batman himself Ben Affleck recently explained that Zack's presence is still very much felt in the finished product.
Calling the finished work "interesting and unique", Ben said both directors had "really strong takes" on Justice League's direction.
"I've never had that experience before making a movie," he admitted. "I have to say, I really love working with Zack, and I really love the stuff we've done with Joss."
Justice League will hit cinemas on November 17.