simu liu introduction

Marvel is making history with its upcoming comic book film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which will feature the studio’s first-ever Asian superhero. Shang-Chi, a character created by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart in the early 1970s in the midst of global martial arts mania, has some odds stacked against him. He’s a character steeped in the stereotypes of the time, and he’s a little-known superhero outside of diehard Marvel Comics fans. But Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, who was announced as the star of the highly anticipated Marvel movie at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, is more than worthy of rising up to the task of bringing Shang-Chi into the modern era.

Simu Liu may not be a household name Stateside, but the actor is a rising star in his home country of Canada and a beloved figure in the Asian diaspora community thanks to his role in the hit sitcom Kim’s Convenience. Here’s what you need to know.

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Black Widow Comic-Con Panel

Black Widow is one of a handful of projects that we know is coming in the next era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film has been shooting for over a month overseas with director Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome, Lore) at the helm and Scarlett Johansson back in the lead role as the SHIELD agent turned Avenger. But even though the movie is currently in production, details have been kept under tight wraps. Thankfully, Marvel Studios finally pulled back the curtain a bit at San Diego Comic-Con.

Find out what we learned from the Black Widow Comic-Con panel below. Read More »

shang-chi comic con

Marvel Studios’ first Asian feature film protagonist will be making his debut in the highly anticipated Shang-Chi, which is set to be directed by Short Term 12‘s Destin Daniel Cretton. While little is known yet about what Shang-Chi will be about, Marvel teased some more details at its all-encompassing San Diego Comic-Con panel. Find out what we learned at about Shang-Chi at Comic-Con.

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The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Comic-Con

Netflix isn’t immune to Hollywood’s obsession with digging back into the past for a dose of nostalgia in their entertainment line-up. This time they’re reaching into cult territory with a revival of The Dark Crystal, the fantasy adventure film from Jim Henson that fascinated audiences in 1982 and continues to be a retro favorite for many cinephiles. But instead of your average feature film sequel, Netflix is unleashing The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, a prequel series with an all-star cast and state-of-the-art puppetry.

Executive producer Lisa Henson was joined by director Louis Leterrier and stars Taron Egerton and Mark Hamill to talk about how the unlikely prequel series came to be at The Dark Crystal Age of Resistance Comic-Con panel, and they showed attendees the first episode of the Netflix series. See our reaction to the first episode of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance below. Read More »

Russo Brothers Ghostbusters

After the debut of Avengers: Endgame, directors Anthony & Joe Russo appeared at various Q&A sessions and responded to endless questions about the epic culmination of 21 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But apparently that wasn’t enough, because the duo got together for their own Comic-Con panel where they covered everything from their past work at Marvel Studios to their upcoming projects with their newly-established production company AGBO.

Find out what we learned from the Conversation with the Russo Brothers Comic-Con panel below. Read More »

His Dark Materials Comic-Con 2019

More light has finally been shed on the big-budget HBO/BBC miniseries adaptation of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed fantasy series His Dark Materials. The highly anticipated second swing at the beloved trilogy after the disastrous 2007 film The Golden Compass came to San Diego Comic-Con Thursday, with cast members Dafne Keen, James McAvoyLin-Manuel Miranda, and Ruth Wilson, along with executive producer Jane Tranter, and writer Jack Thorne.

Find out what we learned from the His Dark Materials Comic-Con 2019 panel below.

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doctor who the edge of time vr

Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink, and you’re dead. At least, you’ll be dead in the video game Doctor Who: The Edge of Time, the upcoming virtual-reality game based on the long-running BBC sci-fi series. And okay, you can probably blink (there isn’t a VR technology quite advanced enough to detect blinking yet), but you will still have to follow the Doctor’s other instructions: Don’t turn your back and don’t look away. Because if you do, you could actually lose this game.

As opposed to the other Doctor Who VR adventure that we covered earlier this year, Doctor Who: The Runaway, Doctor Who: The Edge of Time is a proper VR video game that will be coming to various VR-capable consoles this fall. /Film got to play a demo of The Edge of Time at San Diego Comic-Con, and we almost got exterminated in the process.

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batman beyond blu-ray

When Batman Beyond debuted on Kids’ WB in 1999, it shattered expectations for what a sequel series to the classic, critically acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series would be like. A dark, weird cyberpunk continuation to the landmark animated noir series, Batman Beyond became a beloved classic in its own right that was both a radical departure from the storied history of the Caped Crusader while feeling like a loving homage.

“While we wanted to keep the familiar elements…we wanted [Batman Beyond] to feel fresh,” co-creator Bruce Timm said at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel on Thursday. But it’s been 20 years since Batman Beyond first premiered, and the series doesn’t feel quite as fresh as it used to. However, that will soon be remedied with the release of a long-anticipated remastered Blu-ray complete series set arriving this October. How…schway.

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the boys comic-con activation

A crashed car, a destroyed electronics store, and a stabbing: all things you see up close and personal in Amazon’s The Boys activation at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. But the party responsible for this crime scene is not a group of petty criminals, but a corrupt spandex-clad superhero whom the titular Boys are attempting to unmask. And you get to be on the case.

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The Lion King Beyonce music video Spirit

Whatever your feelings about the upcoming The Lion King remake, it’s hard to resist the star-studded cast behind the film’s soundtrack. Even harder to resist is the pull of Beyoncé, who is performing a highly-anticipated original song in the film and releasing an entire The Lion King-inspired album featuring collaborations from hitmakers like Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z.

Watch The Lion King Beyoncé music video for “Spirit” below, which is included in the artist’s upcoming album, The Lion King: The Gift.

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