'Batman' prequel 'Pennyworth' Receives Series Order

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Epix has given a series order to "Pennyworth", a Batman prequel series that will focus on the Wayne family's famous butler, Alfred Pennyworth. “Gotham” executive producers Bruno Heller and Danny Cannon will help bring the story to life, focusing on the character's time living in London and working for Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne.

In a ever growing landscape of comic and superhero themed stories, is this a chance to break from the norm? Or is this a prequel story that nobody cares to see? Only time will tell.

Young Animal Imprint at DC Shutting Down in August

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Young Animal, the comic book imprint organized and headed by former My Chemical Romance singer Gerard Way, will be closing up shop in August. The statement came from Way himself, and while we are sad to see the titles go, it seems this ending was always in the cards for the eccentric imprint.

Originally advertised as a "pop-up imprint", Way confirmed that the series' were planned to end at a specific point. Shade the Changing Girl, Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye, and Mother Panic were all rebooted after 12 issues, with the new titles set to end at issue 6. Doom Patrol has been placed on hiatus, with issue 12 being taken off of DC's release schedule. The imprint also featured two miniseries', Bug! the Forager and Eternity Girl (which will end at issue 6 with the rest of the imprint) and one crossover event called "The Milk Wars".

Way is confident that the Young Animal universe will live on in some fashion, thought beyond the Doom Patrol hiatus, there has been no announcement of another imprint or the characters being used in another series. We look forward to what may come, as Young Animal was a strange, refreshing take comics, and a welcome reprieve from the typical superhero stories. 

'Venom' #1 Goes to Second Printing

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Marvel has revealed that Venom #1, written by Donny Cates with art by Ryan Stegman, is heading back to press after selling over 200,000 copies. The series, which focuses on the original Venom host Eddie Brock,  takes him "...on an adventure like he’s never seen before" says Donny Cates in an interview with comicbook.com. “The marketing campaign behind it, some of the blurbs that you've probably seen say, ‘The horror story a thousand years in the making,’” Cates said. “And that is certainly true. As far as comparisons to past Venom stories, this is the biggest one. This opening arc is called ‘Rex,’ and ‘Rex’ is going to see a new threat that is bigger, stronger, probably the scariest thing that Venom's ever gone up against, and its tendrils kind of touch every single corner of the Marvel U."

“This is a thing that's incredibly old and incredibly powerful,” he continued. “It's something that only Venom can face. In that sense, tone-wise, I've been reading a lot of Lovecraft and a lot of Stephen King, a lot of stuff like that. I'm not going to promise that the entire run is going to be like a horror story, but this first arc I've been describing as like a Lovecraftian action film. And to whatever the hell extent that makes any sense, that's what it is."

The story draws on themes established in the Flash Thompson Venom/Venom Space Knight stories, giving a broader background to the symbiote species, and the connection between them and their hosts. It also delves into the history of symbiotes on earth, revealing that Spider-Man's original encounter was not the first time they had arrived on our planet, not by a long shot.

Venom #1 is in stores now.

'iZombie' Will End with Fifth Season

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Less than a week after the news that it would be renewed, CW has announced that "iZombie", based on the Vertigo series of the same name, will end at the conclusion of its fifth season. The series joins "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend", which will also air their final seasons. Rose McIver, who stars as Liv Moore, a zombified medical examiner, confirmed the news on her twitter account.

The final season of "iZombie" is expected to air on CW sometime in 2019.

'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Renewed for Shorter 6th Season

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Agent Coulson and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are back, but not for as long as we are used to. The ABC series has been renewed for it's 6th season but only 13 episodes have been ordered, instead of the usual 22. Does this signal an end for the series? Or are there larger implications caused by the events of "Avengers: Infinity War" that warrant a shorter season? We'll just have to wait and see.

'Deadpool 2' set to Dethrone 'Infinity War'

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The sequel to the highest grossing R rated film of all time is on track to open between $130 million and $150 million. 20th Century Fox’s "Deadpool 2" opens is North America on May 18th, and is expected to end the three week run on top for Marvel Studio's "Avengers: Infinity War". As of Monday, "Infinity War" had earned over $552 domestically, bringing it's global total to $1.63 billion.

The film will focus on the formation of the X-Force, a mutant superhero team assembled to protect a young mutant from the time traveling Cable, played by Josh Brolin

Deadpool 2 is directed by David Leitch and stars Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand, Jack Kesy, Stefan Kapičić, Leslie Uggams, Karan Soni, Shioli Kutsuna, Terry Crews, Lewis Tan, Bill Skarsgård, and Rob Delaney.

'Gotham' Renewed for Fifth and Final Season

Looks like Gotham will reach the syndication mark after all, with Fox renewing the comic based series for a final season, as reported by Hollywood Reporter. With 13 more episodes, Gotham will reach the 100 episode mark necessary for the series to be sold into syndication, a big win for Warner Bros since the series has been produced without the backing of one of the Big Four networks. The final season will focus on Bruce Wayne's transformation into the caped crusader, a moment fans have been anxiously awaiting since the beginning. 

Surprised? Don’t be. ‘Avengers Infinity War’ rolls on with $76 million Chinese Opening

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"Avengers: Infinity War" is already on track to continue its domination as the film has premiered in China, the last major market it is being released in.

Variety is reporting that by 10pm on Friday, the film had earned $66 million, with an additional $9.3 million from Thursday preview showings.

The all-time record for an opening film weekend in China is held by “Monster Hunt 2”, which was released in February with $187 million. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" holds 4th place with $156 million.

Earlier this week “Infinity War” had crossed $1.251 billion worldwide, putting it on track to likely break the $2 billion mark easily this summer.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, "Avengers: Infinity War" stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Paul Bettany, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin. The film is in theaters everywhere.

Thanos is coming...to Fortnite

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Fortnite, one of the most popular video games currently available, counts many celebrities amongst it's fanbase. From rappers like Drake and Travis Scott, to professional athletes like JuJu Smith-Schuster and Trevor May, the popular "battle royale" mode of the game drops 100 players onto an isolated island filled with weapons and traps, with the last person standing claiming victory (duos and squads are also options).

Even the Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, while working on Avengers: Infinity War (the fastest movie to $1 billion ever), would take some time to climb on the battle bus for a trip to tilted towers. “Over the past few months, while we were editing Infinity War, we’d take breaks to hop on and get in a few games,” Joe shared with EW. “And then we started thinking, how cool would it be to have some kind of Avengers-Fortnite mashup? So we stalked Donald.”

"Out of the blue, I get this call from Joe. And after a bit of geeking out over each other’s work, we start brainstorming these crazy ideas,” Donald Mustard, world wide creative director for EPIC games, said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, “It was really important that whatever we did, it had to be super authentic to both Fortnite and the Avengers: Infinity War, and something that fans of both would be excited about. About an hour later, we had the bones of this awesome idea for a limited time gameplay mode, and almost immediately our team got started.”

Starting tomorrow (May 8th) for a limited time, when players enter a battle royale on Fortnite, the game will look like any other. That is, until the Infinity Gauntlet, the ultimate reality warping/ending weapon, spawns somewhere on the map. One player will be granted the powers on the infinity stones, while the other players will simply wallow in despair as the Mad Titan descends upon them. 

The “Infinity Gauntlet” mode will be available for free across all Battle Royale-friendly platforms.

First look at Randall Park as Jimmy Woo

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Ant-Man and the Wasp continues to bring long standing Marvel characters into the fold. After last week's official trailer introduced Bill Foster (aka Goliath), a user on reddit shared the first image of Randall Park as Jimmy Woo. 

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Originally created by writer Al Feldstein and artist Joe Maneely in 1956, Jimmy Woo is a Chinese-American secret agent and was published by Atlas Comics, the predecessor of Marvel Comics. He made his modern debut in 1967’s Strange Tales #160.

Coming to theaters July 6, Ant-Man and the Wasp is directed by Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judy Greer, Bobby Canavale, Michael Peña, T.I., David Dastmalchian, Walton Goggins, Hannah John-Kamen, and Laurence Fishburne.