Did Marvel Just Save Comic-Con?

July 26, 2019

Whew! That was a long one. And also … a slow one? As with years prior, this year’s Comic-Con International was packed with movie report, TV casting proclamations, and lots of waiting in lines. But unlike years prior, its big-hearted splashings weren’t as splashy. Or at least that was the instance until Saturday night, when Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige took the stage and announced the studio’s Phase 4 slate,…


So Long, You Weird, Space-Time-Defying Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

July 26, 2019

Odds are you watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ., because you’re reading this. That throws you in a kind of exclusive club. Which is to say , not many people watch this show. A hanging story-chad of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, S.H.I.E.L.D. has had ratings consistently low enough to construct the prospect of its renewal every year a kind of comic-book cliffhanger. Yet it was. Six days. No matter what–stranding characters…


Storyboards, Marvel’s Parts Unknown, Is Coming to Disney+

July 18, 2019

Ever since Disney announced its forthcoming streaming service, Disney +, there’s been a question in the back of comic book fans’ minds: What about Marvel? There’s been talk of stand-alone evidences for Loki, Wanda Maximoff, and Hawkeye; an animated serial based on the Marvel’s What If …? comics is likewise in the works. Yet those depicts are expected to be a year or two away. Today, Marvel is finally revealing…


HBO’s Years and Years Unlocks Sci-Fi’s Ultimate Potential

July 16, 2019

Some of the science fiction flourishes in the brand-new HBO miniseries Years and Years are deft-but-familiar technological signifiers of a near future–a smart speaker called Senor has telephonic and IoT abilities far beyond those of Alexa, a teenager wears a holographic Snapchat filter mask to breakfast, self-heating school lunches have vat-grown meat entrees. But the drama, which follows the multigenerational Lyons household of Manchester, England, from the present to a…


Keanu Reeves Showed Up at E3 to Say He’s in Cyberpunk 2077

June 14, 2019

Happy Monday, and welcome once again to The Monitor, WIRED's collection of all the world's biggest pop culture news. What's up this fine Monday? For one, Dark Phoenix bombed pretty badly, and for another, HBO cancelled Vice News Tonight. But let's get to the real reason you clicked on this story: KEANU. Keanu Reeves Surprised E3—in a Very Big Way Here's some news (probably) no one expected: Neo himself, Keanu…


CBS says streaming services & Super Bowl helped it achieve record revenues in Q1

May 29, 2019

CBS credited its direct-to-consumer streaming services in helping it achieve double-digit revenue growth and record quarterly revenues in Q1, together with the gains that came from hosting Super Bowl LIII and those from affiliate revenue. The system said its over-the-top service for cord cutters, CBS All Access, combined with Showtime’s direct-consumer subscriptions, grew 71% year-over-year — its biggest one-quarter of growth ever. Both services are continuing to grow in Q2,…


Brain-Machine Interfaces Could Give Us All Superpowers

May 21, 2019

One rainy day, Bill was journeying his bicycle when the mail truck in front of him suddenly stopped. Bill didn’t. The accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. His autonomy, or what’s left of it, comes from voice powers that let him lower and lift the blinds in his room or adjust the angle of his motorized bed. For all else, he relies on round-the-clock care. Angela Watercutter Film…


Game of Thrones Is the Last Great Show to Bring Us Together

May 18, 2019

HBO wants to see you to know that it’s going to be just fine without Game of Thrones. They have, executives insist, tons of provoking new shows forthcoming that viewers will desire. There’s only a small chance the network will lose the entire population of King’s Landing in canceled subscriptions once someone is seated on the Iron Throne. They have plenty of programming and even a Game of Thrones prequel…


From Sketch Comedy to BDSM, Netflix Burrows Into Every Niche It Can Find

May 4, 2019

The opening instants of I Remember You Should Leave With Tim Robinson come as little surprise to sketch devotees. An alum of Saturday Night Live and cocreator of Comedy Central’s under-appreciated Detroiters, Robinson specializes in characters “whos” Unable to Let Things Go, and here, that thing is a doorway: After nailing a job interview in a coffeehouse, he sought to pull the door open on his way out, merely for…


Here’s How Disney+ Will Take Over the World

April 29, 2019

Details firstly: Disney has finally revealed that its long-discussed Netflix-rival streaming service, Disney +, will launch November 12. For a scant $6.99 a month it will provide you with nearly the entire Disneyome, a corpus of several hundred movies( all of Disney, most of Marvel with more to come, nearly all of Pixar, all of Star Wars, lots of Fox–which Disney recently bought) and even more the thousands of TV…